Thinking through the Body
This book is based on the Thinking through the Body workshop held at the University of Wales, Lampeter, in June 1998. We would like to thank the University of Wales, Lampeter, and in particular the Department of Archaeology for financial and other support; the student volunteers for their help in organizing the conference; and the participants for co-operating in preparing their papers for pre-circulation. An exhibition of works by contemporary artists dealing with the body was also held in conjunction with the academic conference and contributed greatly to the intellectual, aesthetic and social atmosphere. We would like to thank all the artists, Ron Dukelow and Cambria Arts for agreeing to participate in the workshop and for organizing and mounting the exhibition. CONTENTS List of Figures and Tables ix List of Contributors xi Introduction: Thinking Through the Body Yannis Hamilakis, Mark Pluciennik and Sarah Tarlow. 1 Part 1: Bodies, Selves and Individuals Introduction Sarah Tarlow. 23 1 Archaeology's humanism and the materiality of the body Julian Thomas. 29 2 Body Parts: personhood and materiality in the earlier Manx neolithic Chris Fowler. 47 3 Moralities of dress and the dress of the dead in early medieval Europe Jos Bazelmans. 71 4 The aesthetic corpse in nineteenth-century Britain Sarah Tarlow. 85 Part 2: Experience and Corporeality Introduction Yannis Hamilakis. 99 5 Feeling through the body:gesture in Cretan Bronze Age Religion Christine Morris and Alan Peatfield. 105 6 The past as oral history: towards an archaeology of the senses Yannis Hamilakis.