Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XXIII/2. Special Studies. Beyond Ornamentation. Jewelry as an Aspect of Material Culture in the Ancient Near East

  • Personal adornments, modern and ancient, are often perceived as merely decorative objects used for embellishing body or robe. This book refutes this simplified opinion by showing that jewelry carries a load of information regarding the social and
  • Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XXIII/2. Special Studies. Beyond Ornamentation. Jewelry as an Aspect of Material Culture in the Ancient Near East
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Tech specs:
Wydanie:
1
Miejsce i rok wydania:
Warszawa 2014
Język publikacji:
angielski
ISBN/ISSN:
1234-5415
EAN:
977123454114002
Liczba stron:
326
Oprawa:
Miękka
Format:
17x24 cm [eng]
Waga:
660 g
Typ publikacji:
Praca naukowa
Personal adornments, modern and ancient, are often perceived as merely decorative objects used for embellishing body or robe. This book refutes this simplified opinion by showing that jewelry carries a load of information regarding the social and financial status, gender, ethnic affiliation and religious beliefs of its wearers.

Investigations into the function and meaning of personal adornments have been undertaken here in 12 papers dealing with this subject in antiquity and prehistory – from the 6th till the 1st millennium BC – from Egypt and the Near East, through the Persian Gulf to the Caucasus. Their authors, affiliated with several research institutions worldwide, analyze various aspects of jewelry, focusing foremost on the context of its discovery. This approach affords a better understanding of who and why was using the jewelry and shows how many nuggets of significant information regarding the functioning of ancient societies can be gained from a careful study of personal ornaments.

Most of the articles published in this volume are the result of a workshop of the same title organized by the volume editors at the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) held at the University of Warsaw in 2012.

All articles are available via CEEOL.

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