Sensory Mediterranean prehistory

Authored by: Robin Skeates

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 challenges and encourages Mediterranean archaeologists to engage with sensory studies. It begins with an overview of progress already made in this field across a variety of themes, including work on the sensory dimensions of ancient Mediterranean landscapes, settlements, rituals, food consumption, mortuary practices, cultural materials and figurines. It then builds upon this with a thick description of some of the sensory dimensions, diversities and dynamics of the Neolithic Square-Mouthed Pottery culture (Vasi a Bocca Quadrata, VBQ) of northern Italy, explored across four sensory domains: settlements, cemeteries, the wider landscape and caves. It concludes by highlighting the potential of sensory approaches to enrich significantly research on Mediterranean archaeology.

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