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Fragmentation in Archaeology

People, Places and Broken Objects in the Prehistory of South Eastern Europe



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Fragmentation in Archaeology by John Chapman

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All archaeologists know that the vast majority of the objects they discover are broken; but breakage is usually assumed to have happened by accident, or after deposition. "Fragmentation This volume argues that the deliberate physical fragmentation of objects, and their (often structured) deposition, lies at the core of the archaeology of the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Copper Age of Central and Eastern Europe. The book presents evidence from the Balkans to place the significance of fragmentation within a broad anthropological context, which links people to objects in production, exchange and consumption through the processes of enchainment and accumulation. This new dynamic is used to explain such diverse phenomena as the Iron Gates Mesolithic, mass sherd deposition in pits, the use of anthropomorphic figurines, and the wealth of artefacts found in the Varna cemetery.
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February 24th, 2000
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United Kingdom
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