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From artefact biographies to 'multiple objects': a new analysis of the decorated plaques of the Irish Sea Region

Meirion Jones, Andrew, Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, Marta and Crellin, Rachel J. 2016. From artefact biographies to 'multiple objects': a new analysis of the decorated plaques of the Irish Sea Region. Norwegian Archaeological Review 49 (2) , pp. 113-133. 10.1080/00293652.2016.1227359

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Abstract

The concept of artefact biographies is well established, but has received increasing criticism from archaeologists and anthropologists. This article reviews this concept and its critiques from the basis of a new digital analysis (using reflectance transformation imaging) 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 because 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’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0029-3652
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 10:20
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/97887

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