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From artefact biographies to ‘multiple objects’: a new analysis of the decorated plaques of the Irish Sea region

Jones, Andrew Meirion, Diaz-Guardamino, Marta and Crellin, Rachel J. (2016) From artefact biographies to ‘multiple objects’: a new analysis of the decorated plaques of the Irish Sea region Norwegian Archaeological Review, pp. 1-21.

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The concept of artefact biographies is well established, but has received increasing criticism from archaeologists and anthropologists. This paper reviews this concept and its critiques from the basis of a new digital analysis (using Reflectance Transformation Imaging, RTI) of a small group of decorated Neolithic artefacts from the Isle of Man and North Wales: stone plaques. We argue that the plaques are best understood as being situated in diverse and changing networks of relationships as they are altered over time. To adequately comprehend the changes undergone by these remarkable artefacts it is important that we highlight the ontological character of these changes. To this end we argue that rather than possessing cultural biographies these artefacts are best described as being ‘multiple objects’.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 July 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 October 2016
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 399412
ISSN: 0029-3652
PURE UUID: 0ed0829f-4ffc-486c-b01e-deadb0462048

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Date deposited: 17 Aug 2016 08:00
Last modified: 21 Oct 2017 20:15

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Author: Rachel J. Crellin

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