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Cedar Forests, Cedar Ships : Allure, Lore, and Metaphor in the Mediterranean Near East - Sara A. Rich

Cedar Forests, Cedar Ships

Allure, Lore, and Metaphor in the Mediterranean Near East

Paperback Published: 22nd June 2017
ISBN: 9781784913656
Number Of Pages: 290

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It is commonly recognized that the Cedars of Lebanon were prized in the ancient world, but how can the complex archaeological role of the Cedrus genus be articulated in terms that go beyond its interactions with humans alone? And to what extent can ancient ships and boats made of this material demonstrate such intimate relations with wood? Drawing from object-oriented ontologies and other ‘new materialisms,’ Cedar Forests, Cedar Ships constructs a hylocentric anti-narrative spreading from the Cretaceous to the contemporary. With a dual focus on the woods and the water craft, and on the considerable historical overlap between them, the book takes another step in the direction of challenging the conceptual binaries of nature/culture and subject/object, while providing an up-to-date synthesis of the relevant archaeological and historical data. Binding physical properties and metaphorical manifestations, the fluctuating presence of cedar (forests, trees, and wood) in religious thought is interpreted as having had a direct bearing on shipbuilding in the ancient East Mediterranean. Close and diachronic excavations of the interstices of allure, lore, and metaphor can begin to navigate the (meta) physical relationships between the forested mountain and the forest afloat, and their myriad unique realities.

INTRODUCTION: An Object-Oriented Archaeology (or, Redefining the 'Archaeological Object'); PART I: Forests, Trees & Timber - The Realities and Relations of Wood; CHAPTER 1: The Enduring Qualities and the First Relations; CHAPTER 2: The Seductive Forests; CHAPTER 3: The Allure and the Distortion; PART II: Ships, Shipbuilding, and Seafaring - The Potency of Wood on Water; Chapter 4: Ships and Transformation; CHAPTER 5: Ship Construction, Myth Construction; CHAPTER 6: The Ontology of Obsolescence; EPILOGUE: Dark Ecology; or On Pins & Needles; Bibliography

ISBN: 9781784913656
ISBN-10: 1784913650
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 22nd June 2017
Publisher: Archaeopress
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.68

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