By Ruth M. Van Dyke, Susan E. Alcock

ISBN-10: 063123585X

ISBN-13: 9780631235859

A different number of newly written essays by way of archaeologists operating in a number of contexts and geographical parts, Archaeologies of Memory is a groundbreaking textual content that provides a coherent framework for the examine of reminiscence in earlier societies.

  • Serves as an obtainable advent to vital matters within the learn of reminiscence, together with authority and id, and the position reminiscence performs of their production and transformation.
  • Presents a set of newly commissioned essays that supply a coherent framework for the learn of reminiscence in earlier societies.
  • Brings jointly essays from either anthropological and classical archaeologists.
  • Includes contributions drawn from a number of cultures and time sessions, together with New state Egypt and the prehistoric American Southwest.

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Whilst the textual data have received much scholarly attention, the material remains of Deir el Medina have only recently been analyzed systematically (Meskell 1997, 1999b). The reality of the past resides in the artifacts of its representation (see Foucault 1972). Focusing on the lived memories housed in intimate spaces the material expression of memory can be accessed through ancestor busts, stelae, and household features (Meskell 1998), whereas its immaterial aspects are often preserved in textual references to funerary practices and festivals.

These are all actions which would have been familiar to the villagers at Deir el Medina, particularly in their veneration of Amenhotep III and his mother. Moreover, once the mouth of an image had been touched, that image could house the spiritual elements, thus providing the material entity for eternal life (Forman and Quirke 1996:32). Images were thus called upon to play active roles and fill gaps in the social fabric of daily life. ” From an anthropological perspective, a statue in a temple was believed to be the body of the divinity, and also a spirit-medium, that likewise provides the divinity with a temporary body.

Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Gordon, S. 1996: “Robes of honour:” A “transactional” kingly ceremony. The Indian Economic and Social History Review 33, pp. 227–42. Michell, G. 1992a: Historical context. In The Ramachandra Temple at Vijayanagara, by A. L. Dallapiccola, J. M. Fritz, G. Michell and S. Rajasekhara. New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 17–23. Michell, G. 1992b: Royal architecture and imperial style at Vijayanagara. In The Powers of Art: Patronage in Indian Culture, ed. B. S. Miller. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp.

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