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"History from Things" explores the many ways objects defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to read artifacts, how to listen to landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods and theories to historical inquiry that have previously belonged solely to archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and conservation scientists. Spanning vast time periods, geographical locations, and academic disciplines, "History from Things" leaps the boundaries between fields that use material evidence to understand the past. The book expands and redirects the study of material culture an emerging field now building a common base of theory and a shared intellectual agenda."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560986133
ISBN-10: 1560986131
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 153mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven D. Lubar

Steven Lubar is curator of engineering and industry at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. W. David Kingery is Regents Professor of Anthropology and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.