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The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity

Stoner, Jo (2019) The Cultural Lives of Domestic Objects in Late Antiquity. Late Antique Archaeology (Supplementary Series), 4 . Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, 120 pp. ISBN 978-90-04-38687-7. E-ISBN 978-90-04-39106-2. (doi:10.1163/9789004391062) (KAR id:69374)

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In this book, Jo Stoner investigates the role of domestic material culture in Late Antiquity. Using archaeological, visual and textual evidence from across the Roman Empire, the personal meanings of late antique possessions are revealed through reference to theoretical approaches including object biography. Heirlooms, souvenirs, and gift objects are discussed in terms of sentimental value, before the book culminates in a case study reassessing baskets as an artefact type. This book succeeds in demonstrating personal scales of value for artefacts, moving away from the focus on economic and social status that dominate studies in this field. It thus represents a new interpretation of domestic material culture from Late Antiquity, revealing how objects transformed houses into homes during this period.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/9789004391062
Projects: Visualisation of the late Antique City
Uncontrolled keywords: Material culture; artefacts; object biography; archaeology; souvenirs; heirlooms; gifts; Late Antiquity; basketry; baskets; domestic objects; memory; value
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
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Depositing User: Jo Stoner
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 15:09 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 18:31 UTC
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