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- ISBN: 9781842179666 | 1842179667
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 12/8/2010
How did ancient Europeans materialize memory? Material Mnemonics: Everyday Practices in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory. Drawing on case studies from the British Isles, Scandinavia, central Europe, Greece, Italy, and the Iberian Peninsula that date from the Neolithic through the Iron Age, the books authors explore the implications of our understanding of the past when memory and mnemonic practices are placed in the center of cultural analyses. They discuss monument building, personal adornment, relic-making, mortuary rituals, the burning of bodies and houses, and the maintenance of domestic spaces and structures over long periods of time. Material Mnemonics engages with contemporary debates on the intersection of memory, identity, embodiment, and power, and challenges archaeologists to consider how materiality both provokes and constrains the mnemonic processes in everyday life.