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Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture

7 July 2014

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture

An innovative volume edited by Susanna Harris and Laurence Douny which challenges contemporary views on material culture has now been published by Left Coast Press.

This new volume entitled 'Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives' explores the relationship between wrapping materials and the practices and objects, bodies and places that define them.

Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile clothing and contemporary African silk, the contributors, both archaeologists and anthropologists, show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place. Employing methods of artefact analysis, microscopy and participant observation, the contributors provide new insights into material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.

Susanna Harris is currently a researcher on the ERC-funded PROCON project which is investigating textile economy and urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe 1000-500BCE.