Envisioning the Past brings together archaeologists, art historians, and anthropologists to offer new perspectives on the construction of knowledge concerning the antiquity of man. The volume demonstrates the extent to which the visual presentation of archaeological research creates a particular discourse, powerful enough to shape our understanding of archaeological knowledge. No category of images is immune from this process, from site drawings to museum displays and from manuscript illustrations to digital media. Yet, given the frequent use of images as illustrative material in professional archaeological publications, museums, websites, and TV programs, there are important lessons to be learned. If a genuinely unmediated image is impossible, how should images be used? What can we learn from considering the use of images in the past and present that might guide our responsible use of them in the future? Moving beyond unchallenged presumptions about the passivity of the visual record, Envisioning the Past re-evaluates the importance of the image as a key contributor to the reconstruction of the past.
"I recommend this book to anyone interested in the relationship between archaeology and 'the image', and particularly point to the contributions by Glazier, Scott, Phillips and Arnold." Cultural Studies
?Envisioning the Past dissects a range of visual reconstructions of antiquity to expose conventions so widely accepted that their distorting effect has become all but invisible. The reader undergoes a process of re-sensitization that is eye-opening in the most literal sense.? Arthur MacGregor, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
List of Illustrations.
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: The Image in Question: Stephanie Moser (University of Southampton) and Sam Smiles (University of Plymouth).
1 Romancing the Human: The Ideology of Envisioned Human Origins: Paul Privateer (Arizona State University).
2 ?We Grew Up and Moved On?: Visitors to British Museums Consider Their ?Cradle of Mankind?: Monique Scott (Yale University).
3 The American Time Machine: Indians and the Visualization of Ancient Europe: Stephanie Pratt (University of Plymouth).
4 ?To Make the Dry Bones Live?: Amedee Forestier?s Glastonbury Lake Village: James E. Phillips (University of Southampton).
5 Unlearning the Images of Archaeology: Dana Arnold (University of Southampton).
6 Illustrating Ancient Rome, or the Ichnographia as Uchronia and other time warps in Piranesi?s Il Campo Marzio: Susan M. Dixon (University of Tulsa).
7 Thomas Guest and Paul Nash in Wiltshire: two episodes in the artistic approach to British antiquity: Sam Smiles (University of Plymouth).
8 A Different Way of Seeing? Toward a Visual Analysis of Archaeological Folklore: Darren Glazier (University of Southampton).
9 Photography and Archaeology: The Image as Object: Fred Bohrer (Hood College).
10 Wearing Juninho?s Shirt: Record and Negotiation in Excavation Photographs: Jonathan Bateman (University of Sheffield).
11 Video Killed Interpretative VR: Computer Visualisations on the TV Screen: Graeme P. Earl (University of Southampton).
12 The Real, the Virtually Real and the Hyperreal: The Role of VR in Archaeology: Mark Gillings (University of Leicester).
Series: New Interventions in Art History
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.61 x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1