The emergent past : a relational realist archaeology of Early Bronze Age mortuary practices / Chris Fowler.
By: Fowler, ChrisPublisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.Description: xii, 333 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780199656370; 0199656371Subject(s): Tombs -- England, North East | Copper age -- England, North East | Bronze age -- England, North East | Excavations (Archaeology) -- England, North East | Archaeology -- Methodology | England, North East -- Antiquities
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Relational realism and the nature of archaeological evidence -- Theories as actants: translating mortuary practice -- Packing and unpacking black boxes: pattern and diversity in Calcolithic and Early Bronze Age mortuary practices from North-East England -- Changing places, changing communities -- Themes emerging from Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age mortuary practices in North-East England -- The emergent past: articulation, circulation, emergence, entanglement.
This book approaches archaeological research as an engagement within an assemblage - a particular configuration of materials, things, places, humans, animals, plants, techniques, technologies, forces, and ideas. Fowler develops a new interpretative method for that engagement, exploring how archaeological research can, and does, reconfigure each assemblage. Recognising the successive relationships that give rise to and reshaped assemblages over time, he proposes a relational realist understanding of archaeological evidence based on a reading of relational and non-representational theories, such as those presented by Karen Barad, Tim Ingold, and Bruno Latour. The volume explores this new approach through the first ever synthesis of Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age mortuary practices in Northeast England (c.2500-1500 BC), taking into account how different concepts and practices have changed the assemblage of Early Bronze Age mortuary practices in the past 200 years.