Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

Harris, S. and Douny, L. (Eds.) (2014) Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives. Series: Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Left Coast Press: Walnut Creek, California. ISBN 9781611328875

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This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile clothing, and contemporary African silk, the dozen archaeologist and anthropologist contributors show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place. Employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.

Item Type:Edited Books
Keywords:Archaeology, Anthropology, Textiles, Wrapping
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harris, Dr Susanna
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Publisher:Left Coast Press
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