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By Mikkel Bille,Frida Hastrup,Tim Flohr Soerensen

In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual gadgets from a tradition to assist comprehend the fewer tangible features of that tradition, similar to societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs whilst those gadgets are destroyed, via battle, ordinary catastrophe, or different historic occasions? via distinctive factors of 11 foreign case reviews, the contributions demonstrate that the absence of items should be simply as telling as their presence, whereas the items created to memorialize a loss even have vital cultural implications.


Covering every little thing from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of warfare, The Archaeology of Absence is written at a major intersection of archaeological and anthropological research. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to match cultural perceptions of: fabric features and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and death.


This wealthy textual content offers a powerful theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists learning fabric culture.

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