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Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination - Karin Sanders

Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination


Published: 16th June 2012
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Over the past few centuries, northern Europe’s bogs have yielded mummified men, women, and children who were deposited there as sacrifices in the early Iron Age and kept startlingly intact by the chemical properties of peat. In this remarkable account of their modern afterlives, Karin Sanders argues that the discovery of bog bodies began an extraordinary—and ongoing—cultural journey.            Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Sanders shows, these eerily preserved remains came alive in art and science as material metaphors for such concepts as trauma, nostalgia, and identity. Sigmund Freud, Joseph Beuys, Seamus Heaney, and other major figures have used them to reconsider fundamental philosophical, literary, aesthetic, and scientific concerns. Exploring this intellectual spectrum, Sanders contends that the power of bog bodies to provoke such a wide range of responses is rooted in their unique status as both archeological artifacts and human beings. They emerge as corporeal time capsules that transcend archaeology to challenge our assumptions about what we can know about the past. By restoring them to the roster of cultural phenomena that force us to confront our ethical and aesthetic boundaries, Bodies in the Bog excavates anew the question of what it means to be human.



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List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Remarkable Remainsp. 1
Nature's Own Darkroomp. 23
The Archaeological Uncannyp. 47
Uses and Abuses: Bog Body Politicsp. 61
Erotic Diggingp. 91
Bog Body Artp. 127
Museum Thresholds and the Ethics of Displayp. 169
Making Facesp. 197
Postscript: Frozen Time and Material Metaphorsp. 219
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780226734057
ISBN-10: 0226734056
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 16th June 2012
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.47