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Colouring the Past
By Andrew Jones

Colouring the Past

The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research

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Colouring the Past by Andrew Jones

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859735473
ISBN-10: 1859735479
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones Lecturer in Archaeology,University of Southampton Gavin MacGregor Project Officer, Archaeological Research Division, University of Glasgow

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