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Archaeology and the Senses : Human Experience, Memory, and Affect, Paperback / softback Book

Archaeology and the Senses : Human Experience, Memory, and Affect Paperback / softback


This book is an exciting new look at how archaeology has dealt with the bodily senses and offers an argument for how the discipline can offer a richer glimpse into the human sensory experience.

Yannis Hamilakis shows how, despite its intensely physical engagement with the material traces of the past, archaeology has mostly neglected multi-sensory experience, instead prioritising isolated vision and relying on the Western hierarchy of the five senses.

In place of this limited view of experience, Hamilakis proposes a sensorial archaeology that can unearth the lost, suppressed, and forgotten sensory and affective modalities of humans.

Using Bronze Age Crete as a case study, Hamilakis shows how sensorial memory can help us rethink questions ranging from the production of ancestral heritage to large-scale social change, and the cultural significance of monuments.

Hamilakis points the way to reconstituting archaeology as a sensorial and affective multi-temporal practice.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 270 pages, 26 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780521545990



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