Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research (Hardback)
  • Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research (Hardback)
zoom

Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research (Hardback)

(editor), (editor)
£110.00
Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 01/07/2002
  • We can order this from the publisher

UK delivery within 3-4 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Colour shapes our world in profound, if sometimes subtle, ways. It helps us to classify, form opinions, and make aesthetic and emotional judgements. Colour operates in every culture as a symbol, a metaphor, and as part of an aesthetic system. Yet archaeologists have traditionally subordinated the study of colour to the form and material value of the objects they find and thereby overlook its impact on conceptual systems throughout human history.This book explores the means by which colour-based cultural understandings are formed, and how they are used to sustain or alter social relations. From colour systems in the Mesolithic, to Mesoamerican symbolism and the use of colour in Roman Pompeii, this book paints a new picture of the past. Through their close observation of monuments and material culture, authors uncover the subtle role colour has played in the construction of past social identities and the expression of ancient beliefs. Providing an original contribution to our understanding of past worlds of meaning, this book will be essential reading for archaeologists, anthropologists and historians, as well as anyone with an interest in material culture, art and aesthetics.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781859735428
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 565 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Until recently archaeologists were remarkably insensitive to the importance of colour in ancient societies. This book changes the situation. It offers a series of provocative and persuasive studies which will surely influence a new generation of research. It will help to stimulate a more imaginative approach to fieldwork and richerinterpretations of the past. All archaeologists should read it and learn from what it has to say.'Richard Bradley, Reading University

You may also be interested in...

Material Cultures, Material Minds
Added to basket
Theoretical Archaeology
Added to basket
Keeper Of Genesis
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Understanding Early Civilizations
Added to basket
Pottery Analysis, Second Edition
Added to basket
Fingerprints Of The Gods
Added to basket
Archaeologies of Text
Added to basket
Reading the Past
Added to basket
£25.99
Paperback
The Archaeological Process - An Introduction
Added to basket
Making
Added to basket
£34.99
Paperback
Schliemann and the California Gold Rush
Added to basket
The Death of Archaeological Theory?
Added to basket
Figuring It Out: Parallel Visions of
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.