Making senses of the past : toward a sensory archaeology /

Since the nineteenth century, museums have kept their artifacts in glass cases to better preserve them, and drawings and photographs have become standard ways of presenting the past. These practices have led to an archaeology dominated by visual description, even though human interaction with the su...

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Other Authors / Creators:Day, Jo
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Archaeological Investigations.
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: Carbondale : Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Press, [2013]
Series:Occasional paper (Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Center for Archaeological Investigations) ; no. 40.
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Table of Contents:
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction: Making Senses of the Past
  • 2. Dibéwagendamowin / Karohirohi: Reflections on Sacred Images on the Rocks
  • 3. The Sound of Sulfur and Smell of Lightning: Sensing the Volcano
  • 4. Colored Monuments and Sensory Theater among the Mississippians
  • 5. Maya Palaces as Experiences: Ancient Maya Royal Architecture and Its Influence on Sensory Perception
  • 6. Coming to Our Senses at Chavín de Huantar
  • 7. The Sensory Experience of Blood Sacrifice in the Roman Imperial Cult
  • 8. Embodying the Divine: The Sensational Experience of the Sixth-Century Eucharist
  • 9. A Sense of Touch-the Full-Body Experience-in the Past and Present of Çatalhöyük, Turkey
  • 10. Musical Space and Quiet Space in Medieval Monastic Canterbury
  • 11. Sustenance, Taste, and the Practice of Community in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • 12. The Scent of Status: Prestige and Perfume at the Bronze Age Palace at Pylos, Greece
  • 13. A Whiff of Mortality: The Smells of Death in Roman and Byzantine Beth She' an-Scythopolis
  • 14. Imagined Aromas and Artificial Flowers in Minoan Society
  • 15. Craft and Sensory Play in Late Bronze Age Boeotia
  • 16. Scents and Sensibilities: The Phenomenology of Late Neolithic Iberian Slate Plaque Production
  • 17. The Production Process as Sensory Experience: Making and Seeing Iron in Colonial New England
  • 18. Beyond the Display Case: Creating a Multisensory Museum Experience
  • 19. Imagined Narratives: Sensory Lives in the Chacoan Southwest
  • 20. Afterword: Eleven Theses on the Archaeology of the Senses
  • Contributors
  • Index