Archaeology and the Senses: Human Experience, Memory, and Affect

Archaeology and the Senses: Human Experience, Memory, and Affect

By: Yannis Hamilakis (author)Paperback

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This book is an exciting new look at how archaeology has dealt with the bodily senses and offers an argument for how the discipline can offer a richer glimpse into the human sensory experience. Yannis Hamilakis shows how, despite its intensely physical engagement with the material traces of the past, archaeology has mostly neglected multi-sensory experience, instead prioritising isolated vision and relying on the Western hierarchy of the five senses. In place of this limited view of experience, Hamilakis proposes a sensorial archaeology that can unearth the lost, suppressed, and forgotten sensory and affective modalities of humans. Using Bronze Age Crete as a case study, Hamilakis shows how sensorial memory can help us rethink questions ranging from the production of ancestral heritage to large-scale social change, and the cultural significance of monuments. Hamilakis points the way to reconstituting archaeology as a sensorial and affective multi-temporal practice.

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Yannis Hamilakis is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on the archaeology of the bodily senses, the politics of the past, archaeological ethnography, social zooarchaeology, and the archaeology of Greece. He has been a member of the School of Advanced Study at Princeton, a scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, a Margo Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, and a visiting scholar at Princeton University. He serves on the editorial board of many journals including the Annual Review of Anthropology, the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Archaeologies: The Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, and the Annual of the British School at Athens. He also co-directs the Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology and Archaeological Ethnography Project, focusing on the excavation of the tell site of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece. He is the author of more than 130 articles and has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven books, including The Nation and its Ruins: Antiquity, Archaeology, and National Imagination in Greece (2007), which won the Edmund Keeley Prize and was shortlisted for the Runciman Prize.


1. Demolishing the museum of sensory ab/sense; 2. Archaeology, modernity, and the senses; 3. Recapturing sensorial and affective experience; 4. Senses, materiality, time: a new ontology; 5. Sensorial necro-politics: the mortuary mnemoscapes of Bronze Age Crete; 6. Why 'palaces'? Senses, memory, and the 'palatial' phenomenon in Bronze Age Crete; 7. From corporeality to sensoriality, from things to flows.

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/07/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780521545990
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 270
  • ID: 9780521545990
  • weight: 370
  • ISBN10: 0521545994

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