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Mutable objects, places and chronologies

Sainsbury, V. A. ORCID:, Bray, P., Gosden, C. and Pollard, A. M. (2021) Mutable objects, places and chronologies. Antiquity, 95 (379). pp. 215-227. ISSN 0003-598X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.240


Mutability—the ability to change form and substance—is a key feature of glass and metals. This quality, however, has proven frustrating for archaeological and archaeometric research. This article assesses the typological, chemical and theoretical elements of material reuse and recycling, reframing these practices as an opportunity to understand past behaviour, rather than as an obstacle to understanding. Using diverse archaeological data, the authors present case studies to illustrate the potential for documenting mutability in the past, and to demonstrate what this can reveal about the movement, social context and meaning of archaeological material culture. They hope that through such examples archaeologists will consider and integrate mutability as a formative part of chaînes opératoires.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:98540
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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