Places in Between: The Archaeology of Social, Cultural and Geographical Borders and Borderlands [Paperback]

David Mullin (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781842179833 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 120p, 40 illus

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Places in Between


The concept of the border as a metaphor has been widely exploited across the Arts and Humanities and a body of Border Theory has been developed, critiqued and "rethought". It is remarkable that this body of theory has largely been ignored by archaeologists, who have instead preferred to examine social and cultural boundaries, frontiers, marginality and ethnicity. This book, which grew out of a session at TAG in 2008, explores some of the possibilities offered by the study of borders from an archaeological point of view and presents new perspectives on borders, both metaphorical and geographical, from locations as diverse as Somerset and China, from the Neolithic to the Cold War.

Table of Contents

1. Border Crossings: the archaeology of borders and borderlands. An introduction. (David Mullin)
2. All quiet on the eastern front. (Anna McWilliams)
3. Defining conflict-zone health: The impact of stress on Medieval border populations in Britain. (Jaime Jennings)
4. Barrows and the boundary between the living and the dead. (Elise Fraser & Richard Bradley)
5. The Neolithic and Bronze Age use of caves in western Britain. (Jodie Lewis)
6. Sleipnir and his siblings: some thoughts on Loki´s monstrous offspring. (Anne Monikander)
7. Constructing and deconstructing Roman city walls: the contribution of urban enceintes to an understanding of the concept of borders. (Isobel Pinder)
8. Historical and archaeological views of the Liao borderlands in NE China. (Naomi Standen & Gwen Bennett)
9. Towards an archaeology of borders and borderlands. (David Mullin)

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