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Title: From artefact biographies to ‘multiple objects’: a new analysis of the decorated plaques of the Irish Sea Region
Authors: Jones, Andrew Meirio
Diaz Guardamino, Marta
Crellin, Rachel
First Published: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Norwegian Archaeological Review, 2016, In Press
Abstract: The concept of artefact biographies is well established, but has received increasing criticism from archaeologists and anthropologists. This paper reviews this concept and its critiques from the basis of a new digital analysis (using Reflectance Transformation Imaging, RTI) of a small group of decorated Neolithic artefacts from the Isle of Man and North Wales: stone plaques. We argue that the plaques are best understood as being situated in diverse and changing networks of relationships as they are altered over time. To adequately comprehend the changes undergone by these remarkable artefacts it is important that we highlight the ontological character of these changes. To this end we argue that rather than possessing cultural biographies these artefacts are best described as being ‘multiple objects’.
ISSN: 0029-3652
eISSN: 1502-7678
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Tayor & Francis, 2016. This version of the article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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