Doing sensory archaeology

The challenges

Authored by: Ruth Tringham , Annie Danis

The Routledge Handbook of Sensory Archaeology

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138676299
eBook ISBN: 9781315560175
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This chapter is inspired by a challenge from Yannis Hamilakis (2013a) to put into practice sensorially reconstituted archaeologies. While he and others have strongly laid out the theoretical goals of such a large-scale shift in thinking about archaeology and the senses, those changes have yet to be borne out in practice. ‘Doing’ sensorial archaeologies cannot be done without a self-reflexive awareness of multisensorial elements in every experience of modern archaeology and the imagined past. Here multisensorial reflexivity guides the ‘doing’ towards an expanded toolkit of methods, some from within archaeology and some from other disciplines, that access, interpret, and evoke sensorial attention.

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