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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: 24-Oct-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Norwegian Archaeological Review, 2016, 49(2), pp. 113-133
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’.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00293652.2016.1227359
ISSN: 0029-3652
eISSN: 1502-7678
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016,Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 18 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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