cover of book

Tracing the Relational: The Archaeology of Worlds, Spirits, and Temporalities
edited by Meghan E. Buchanan and B. Jacob Skousen
University of Utah Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-60781-436-8 | Paper: 978-1-60781-435-1
Library of Congress Classification E61.T83 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.0497

Tracing the Relational examines the recent emergence of relational ontologies in archaeological interpretation and how this perspective can help archaeologists better understand the past. Traditional representational approaches reflect modern or Western perspectives, which focus on the individual and see the world in terms of dichotomies that separate culture and nature, human and object, sacred and secular. In contrast, ancient societies saw themselves as connected to and entangled with other human and nonhuman entities. In order to gain deeper insight into how people in the ancient world lived, experienced, and negotiated their lives, contributors argue, archaeologists must explore the myriad relationships and entanglements between humans and other beings, places, and things. As contributors unravel these relationships, they demonstrate that movement is an inherent feature of these relational webs and is the driving force behind a continually shifting reality. Chapters focus on various regions and time periods throughout the Americas, tracing how movements between other-worldly dimensions, spirits and deities, and temporalities were integral to everyday life.

See other books on: Human ecology | Indians | Material culture | Sacred space | Social archaeology
See other titles from University of Utah Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.