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Фрагментация в археологии: собирая по кусочкам
Fragmentation in Archaeology: Sorting through the Pieces

Author(s): John Chapman, Bisserka Gaydarska
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Customs / Folklore, Ancient World, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Mesolithic; Neolithic; Chalcolithic; fragmentation; figurines; Spondylus; skeletons

Summary/Abstract: One important aspect of prehistoric material culture is its deliberate fragmentation and the re-use of the resulting fragments in other ways. The multiple possible causes of object and body fragmentation are considered and the intentional route is theorised. Underlying all recent fragmentation research is the ‘Fragmentation Premise’ — which is fully discussed here. A number of examples of deliberate fragmentation and later re-use is presented here, concentrating on material from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Copper Age of Central and Eastern Europe. Materials to be studied here include ceramics, fired clay figurines, Spondylus shell ornaments and the human body. A final discussion explores the advances made in fragmentation research over the past 15 years and identifies challenges for future research.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 85-110
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Russian