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Making marks meaningful: new materialism and the microwear assemblage

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posted on 09.09.2021, 14:52 by Christina Tsoraki, Huw Barton, Rachel Crellin, Oliver Harris
In this paper we explore how positioning microwear analysis within new materialism and assemblage theory allows us to develop new ways of thinking about meaning in the past. By mapping the detailed histories of an object’s making and use, we suggest that we can open up an understanding of marks as forms of material meanings. These material meanings operate as intensive events that fold together present and absent materials, and a range of ongoing processes. By studying marks on an archaeological object made of stone from one of the most famous Bronze Age barrows in Britain, within what we term a microwear assemblage, we will explore how a relational, more-than-representational, version of material meanings emerges.

Funding

Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2017-375)

History

Citation

World Archaeology, 52:3, 484-502, DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2021.1898462

Author affiliation

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

World Archaeology

Volume

52

Issue

3

Pagination

484-502

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0043-8243

Acceptance date

22/02/2021

Copyright date

2021

Available date

09/09/2021

Language

en