Archaeology of Regional Technologies

Author: Barndon,Randi and Ingvild Øye, and Asbjørn Engevik
Barndon,Randi and Ingvild Øye, and Asbjørn Engevik
Barndon,Randi and Ingvild Øye, and Asbjørn Engevik
Year:2010
Pages:328
ISBN:0-7734-3686-3
978-0-7734-3686-2
Price:249.95
This anthology methodologically examines the relation between material culture,
technology, regions, regionalisation and regional identities from a wide range of angles and perspectives. This theoretical resource for archaeologists, anthropologists, and ethnographers contains 14 essays that discuss and develop archaeological relevant
understandings of technology in a regional long time perspective. This book contains ten color photographs and three black and white photographs.

Reviews

“This edited volume addresses an important topic to archaeology, anthropology, and geography: how regional identities are expressed through technological knowledge and behavior. This is an ambitious task but is most welcome because it goes beyond ethnicity and the individual to posit possible trans-ethnic commonalities at the level of region. This ipso facto makes the endeavor one that is multi-scalar—looking at different expressions of regional interaction, in this case technological....I believe that this volume will be an intellectual harbinger and will find an important niche in a growing archaeological literature that treats region and identity as inseparable.”
-Prof. Peter R. Schmidt, University of Florida

"The book provides fresh and thought-provoking analyses that at the same time are well sustained and articulated. The papers meet high scholarly standards and are written by a healthy blend of internationally reputed scholars, regional specialist and young researchers. The book will constitute an essential read for any interested in pre-modern technologies and regional diversity and will undoubtedly be a welcomed addition to the reading lists for the rapidly increasing number of university courses taught on these subjects."
-Prof. Bjornar Olsen, Insitute of Archaeology and Social Anthropology

Table of Contents

Foreword Pierre Lemonnier

Chapter 1: Technology and regions in a long time perspective
– an introduction
Ingvild Øye, Randi Barndon and Asbjørn Engevik

Chapter 2: Re-visiting the region and regional identity:
Theoretical reflections with empirical illustrations
Anssi Paasi

Chapter 3: From ethnology to material culture studies ? and back again
Michael Rowlands

Chapter 4: The phenomenal promise of Chaîne Opératoire:
Mindfully engaged bodies and the manufacture of personhood in a regional perspective
Marcia-Anne Dobres

Chapter 5: Staying home for dinner:
an isotopic approach to regionality in Mesolithic Atlantic Europe
Rick Schulting

Chapter 6: Housing and hunting:
Technological reproduction in the Late Mesolithic Nøstvet region of eastern Norway and western Sweden
Håkon Glørstad

Chapter 7: Marrying the enemy:
Technology and regions in Early Neolithic Norway
Knut Andreas Bergsvik

Chapter 8: A consideration of the role of bifacial lithic technology in northern Scandinavia
Lars Forsberg

Chapter 9: Woven and cast:
entangled trajectories in north-western Scandinavia, 1000 BC
Ørjan Engedal

Chapter 10: Technological choices and changes and the concept of innovation:
Reflections on the introduction of iron in areas with different power systems
Eva Hjärthner-Holdar

Chapter 11: Iron technology in a regional perspective:
A reflection on the technological compatibility
Lars F. Stenvik

Chapter 12: Exploring the dynamics of African pottery cultures
Olivier P. Gosselain

Chapter 13: Technological style, regional diversity and identity:
Asbestos regions and soapstone regions in Norway in the Late Roman and Migration Periods Asbjørn Engevik

Chapter 14: Regional approaches to technology clusters and local variation in a long term perspective:
Sunnmøre in western Norway
Randi Barndon

Chapter 15: Re-assembling regions:
The social occasions of technological exchange in Viking Age Scandinavia
Søren Michael Sindbæk