Personal Ornaments in Prehistory: An exploration of body augmentation from the Palaeolithic to the Early Bronze Age ペーパーバック – 2019/8/29
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Beads, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and many other ornaments are familiar objects that play a fundamental role in personal expression and communication. This book considers how and why the human relationship with ornaments developed and continued over tens of thousands of years, from hunter-gatherer life in the cave to urban elites, from expedient use of natural resources to complex technologies.
Using evidence from archaeological sites across Turkey, the Near East and the Balkans, it explores the history of personal ornaments from their appearance in the Palaeolithic until the rise of urban centers in the Early Bronze Age and encompassing technologies ranging from stone cutting to early glazing, metallurgy and the roots of glass manufacture. The development of theoretical and practical approaches to ornaments and the current state of research are illustrated with a wide variety of examples.
This book shows that far from being objects of display, of little value in archaeological interpretation and often overlooked, these artifacts are key to understanding trade, relationships, values, beliefs and the construction of personal identity in the past. Indeed, more than any other group of artifacts, their variety in material, form, use and distribution opens doors to both wide ranging scientific exploration and consideration of what it is to be human.
Emma L Baysal is Associate Professor of Prehistory at Trakya University, Turkey. She completed her PhD on prehistoric craft specialization at the University of Liverpool in 2010. She specializes in, and has published extensively on, prehistoric ornaments and what they can tell us about social structure, technology, communication, trade and beliefs from the Epipalaeolithic period until the Early Bronze Age. She is currently working on artifacts from a range of prehistoric sites in Turkey.