Material Mnemonics

Today, through my postbox came a book. But not just any book, for this book is the first book cover I have featured on.

The book is called material mnemonics and is an archaeological theory book

And heres my picture, which was created over a year ago, on the back cover

How did the ancient Europeans materialise memory? Material Mnemonics: Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory. Drawing on case studies from the British Isles, Scandinavia, central Europe, Greece, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula that date from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age, the authors explore the implications of our understanding of the past when memory and mnemonic practices are placed in the centre of cultural analyses. They discuss monument building, personal adornment, relic-making, mortuary rituals, the burning of bodies and houses and the maintainence of domestic spaces and structures over long periods of time. Material Mnemonics engages with contemporary debates on the intersection of memory, identity, embodiement, and power and challenges archaeologists to consider how materiality both provokes and constrains the mnemonic processes in everyday life

The book is available from Amazon

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