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An archaeology of the senses : prehistoric Malta

Author: Robin Skeates
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this text Robin Skeates establishes a well-defined methodology for an archaeology of the senses, produces a challenging new interpretative synthesis of Maltese prehistoric archaeology, and provides a rich archaeological case-study for the emergent interdisciplinary field of sensual culture studies.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Skeates
ISBN: 9780199216604 0199216606
OCLC Number: 587229785
Description: xiv, 287 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : towards an archaeology of the senses. Sensual culture studies ; Beyond the five senses ; Prehistoric Malta --
The senses restrained. Making sense of the history of archaeological representation ; From oral tradition to printed history : the mid-seventeenth century ; Classical tours and picturesque views : the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries ; Rude stone monuments in a crown colony : 1800-1864 ; An archaeological bonanza : 1865-1839 ; Constructing a prehistoric culture sequence in post-war Malta : 1940-1973 ; The reinvention of Malta's prehistoric heritage : 1974 to the present --
The Maltese sensescape. Making sense of islands ; Remote islands : before 5200 BC ; Desirable islands : 5200 BC ; Little Sicily : 5200-4400 BC ; Sensory relations : 4400-3400 BC ; Knowledgeable islanders : 3400-2500 BC ; Hybridization : 2400-1500 BC ; Permeable boundaries : 1500-700 BC --
Dwelling places. Making sense of settlement ; Life on the farm : 5200-4400 BC ; Strengthened communities : 4400-3400 BC ; The temple builders' housework : 3400-2500 BC ; Fortified communities : 2400-700 BC --
Monumental buildings. Making sense of temples ; The monumentalization of communities : 3400-2500 BC ; The reinvention of tradition : 2400-700 BC --
The underworld. Making sense of caves ; Dwelling, ritual, and the other world : 5200-4400 BC ; Placing the dead : 4400-3400 BC ; The elaboration of underground religious experience : 3400-2500 BC ; The rejection of traditional underground religion : 2400-700 BC --
Conclusion : making sense of prehistoric Malta. The senses ; Sensual cultures.
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