Ancestral Acts

Ancestral Acts : Experiencing the Past Through Experimental Archaeology

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Archaeology is paradoxical. On the one hand, academics present a sterile, scholarly past - a place spoken about with reserve and caution. On the other, at heritage centres the public are tantalised by romanticised images of the past, from which colourful figures trespass into the present. This book attempts a reconciliation between these two irreconcilables. Modernity has neutralised many sensual aspects of our existence that ancient people would have taken for granted, such as gutting (and smelling) dead animals. Through a series of case studies the authors show that the past can be better sensed. They explore aspects of prehistoric life as experienced by people in the past, such as their dwellings, artefact production, food and drink, disposal of the dead, moving through the landscape, and even procreation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • NPI Media Group
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 75Ill
  • 0752434411
  • 9780752434414

About Kevin Andrews

Kevin Andrews and Roger Doonan lecture and research in the Department of Conservation Sciences at the University of Bournemouth. They are the authors of a successful earlier textbook (Tempus 2003), Test Tubes & Trowels: Using Science in Archaeology, praised by Antiquity as being 'deftly written and replete with effective and witty illustrations'. The present book is the first general (and original) study on experimental archaeology for decades.show more