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Soils, stones and symbols : cultural perceptions of the mineral world

Author: Nicole Boivin, Ph. D.; Mary Ann Owoc; European Association of Archaeologists.
Publisher: London : UCL, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Soils, Stones and Symbols highlights studies from the fields of anthropology, archaeology and philosophy that demonstrate that not all individuals and societies view minerals as commodities to be exploited for economic gain, or as passive objects of disembodied scientific enquiry. In visiting such diverse contexts as contemporary India, colonial-period Australia and prehistoric Europe and the Americas, the papers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongress
Saloniki (2001)
Congresses
Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicole Boivin, Ph. D.; Mary Ann Owoc; European Association of Archaeologists.
ISBN: 184472039X 9781844720392
OCLC Number: 56911728
Notes: Held as a conference session entitled 'Soils, stones and symbols: cultural perceptions of the mineral world' at the European Association of Archaeologists meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2001.
Description: xiv, 235 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: From veneration to exploitation: human engagement with the mineral world / Nicole Boivin --
Ochre, clay, stone and art: the symbolic importance of minerals as life-force among aboriginal peoples of northern and central Australia / Paul SC Taçon --
From the earth: minerals and meaning in the Hopewellian world / Douglas K. Charles [and others] --
The mirror of the sun: surface, mineral applications and interface in California rock-art / David Robinson --
A phenomenology of the buried landscape: soil as material culture in the bronze age of south-west Britain / Mary Ann Owoc --
The cosmic earth: materiality and mineralogy in the Americas / Nicholas J. Saunders --
An axe to grind: symbolic considerations of stone axe use in ancient Australia / Adam Brumm --
Geoarchaeology and the goddess Laksmi: Rajasthani insights into geoarchaeological methods and prehistoric soil use / Nicole Boivin --
Choosing stones, remembering places: geology and intention in the megalithic monuments of Western Europe / Chris Scarre --
Reading the earth: philosophy in/of the field / Robert Frodeman --
Epilogue: Humans in a mineral world / Mary Ann Owoc.
Responsibility: edited by Nicole Boivin & Mary Ann Owoc.
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