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How Do We Imagine the Past? On Metaphorical Thought, Experientiality and Imagination in Archaeology

Editor(s): Paul Bouissac, Dragoş Gheorghiu

Book Description

Recent years have witnessed a search for new sources for archaeological inspiration within areas which until recently have not been imagined as a source for science.

Archaeology has become more “anthropologized”, and, as such, is becoming increasingly influenced by the Zeitgeist, although some European schools are yet to recognize this.

The process of scientific research that archaeologists have always considered to be an objective approach has been revealed to be the result of different subjective cognitive processes, forming part of the contemporary humanistic paradigm, a fact confirmed by new tendencies in contemporary archaeology. Consequently, this book considers the question: how does the archaeologist think today?

Beginning with simple analogies issued from archaeological experiments or from ethnography, the structure of the contemporary archaeological thought is increasingly complex, working today with concepts that only yesterday were a subject of study.

This book considers these new types of approaches, through a series of personal narratives provided by archaeologists, describing their working methods in the process of imagining the past.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7131-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7131-1
Date of Publication: 01/02/2015
Pages / Size: 199 / A5
Price: £41.99


Professor Dragoş Gheorghiu is an anthropologist and experimental archaeologist whose studies focus on the process of cognition and material culture of the prehistoric societies of South Eastern Europe. He is the author, editor and co-author of multiple books on archaic technology and the semiotics of material culture, and has a number of publications on prehistoric Europe.

Paul Bouissac is a linguist and semiotician whose interest in archaeology focuses on the possibility of recovering the original meaning of symbolic artefacts left by prehistoric populations, particularly rock art in its variegated forms. He has published numerous books and articles on the formal and pragmatic analysis of multimodal communication.