Materiality in Archaeology

Short Seminar

March 4–8, 2004

A seminar of Columbia University graduate students chaired by associate professor of anthropology and former SAR resident scholar Lynn Meskell addressed “Materiality in Archaeology.” “Archaeologists have left the investigation of materiality to ethnographers, who have at their disposal materially rich contemporary settings from which to probe issues of consumption, variability, classification, and meaning,” Meskell said. “Arguably, much the same materials are available to many archaeologists. We simply have to ask a new suite of questions and reconfigure our old materials in new ways.” The purpose of the seminar was to “consider creative reconceptualizations of materiality and its consequences.”

Lynn M. Meskell, Chair Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Erin Hasinoff Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Karen Holmberg Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Marisa Lazarri Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Carrie Nakamura Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Matthew Palus Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Martin Skystrup Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Lindsay Weiss Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

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