1st Edition

Broken Bodies, Places and Objects New Perspectives on Fragmentation in Archaeology

    338 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Broken Bodies, Places and Objects demonstrates the breadth of fragmentation and fragment use in prehistory and history and provides an up-to-date insight into current archaeological thinking around the topic.

    A seal broken and shared by two trade parties, dog jaws accompanying the dead in Mesolithic burials, fragments of ancient warships commodified as souvenirs, parts of an ancient dynastic throne split up between different colonial collections… Pieces of the past are everywhere around us. Fragments have a special potential precisely because of their incomplete format – as a new matter that can reference its original whole but can also live on with new, unrelated meanings. Deliberate breakage of bodies, places and objects for the use of fragments has been attested from all time periods in the past. It has now been over 20 years since John Chapman’s major publication introducing fragmentation studies, and the topic is more present than ever in archaeology. This volume offers the first European-wide review of the concept of fragmentation, collecting case studies from the Neolithic to Modernity and extending the ideas of fragmentation theory in new directions.

    The book is written for scholars and students in archaeology, but it is also relevant for neighbouring fields with an interest in material culture, such as anthropology, history, cultural heritage studies, museology, art and architecture.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Chapter 1 - Fragmentation in Archaeological Context Studying the Incomplete.

    Anna Sörman, Astrid A. Noterman & Markus Fjellström.


    Part I – Fragmentation and Funerary Practices


    Chapter 2 - Marking Boundaries, Making Connections: Fragmenting the Body in Bronze Age Britain. Joanna Brück

    Chapter 3 - Breaking and Making the Ancestors. Fragmentation as a Key Funerary Practice in the Creation of Urnfield Graves.

    Arjan Louwen

    Chapter 4 - Bonded by Pieces: Fragments as Means of Affirming Kinship in Iron Age Finland.

    Ulla Moilanen

    Chapter 5 - Revisiting, Selecting, Breaking and Removing: Incomplete and Fragmented Merovingian Reopened Graves in Western Europe.

    Astrid A. Noterman

    Chapter 6 - Parted Pairs: Viking Age Oval Brooches in Britain, Ireland, and Iceland.

    Frida Espolin Norstein


    Part II – Fragmentation and Archaeological Methods


    Chapter 7 - There is Method in the Madness – or how to Approach Fragmentation in Archaeology.

    Bisserka Gaydarska

    Chapter 8 - Four Problems for Archaeological Refitting Studies. Discussion from the Taï Site and its Neolithic Pottery Material (France).

    Sébastien Plutniak, Joséphine Caro & Claire Manen

    Chapter 9 - Describing Identity: The Individual and the Collective in Zooarchaeology.

    Emily H. Hull

    Chapter 10 - Fragmented Reindeer of Stállo Foundations: a Multi-Isotopic Approach to Fragmented Reindeer Skeletal Remains from Adámvallda in Swedish Sápmi.

    Markus Fjellström

    Chapter 11 - House to House – Fragmentation and Deceptive Memory-Making at an Early Modern Swedish Country House.

    Anna Röst


    Part III – Fragmentation and the Manipulation of Objects


    Chapter 12 - Multiple Objects: Fragmentation and Process in the Neolithic of Britain and Ireland. Andrew Meirion Jones

    Chapter 13 - Breaking, Making, Dismantling and Reassembling: Fragmentation in Iron Age Britain. Helen Chittock

    Chapter 14 - Fusing Fragments: Repaired Objects, Refitted Parts and Upcycled Pieces in the Late Bronze Age Metalwork of Southern Scandinavia.

    Karin Ojala & Anna Sörman

    Chapter 15 - Selective Fragmentation: Exploring the Treatment of Metalwork across Time and Space in Bronze Age Britain.

    Matthew G. Knight

    Chapter 16 - Pieces of the Past, Fragments for the Future Broken Metalwork in Nordic Late Bronze Age Hoards as Memorabilia?

    Anna Sörman

    Chapter 17 - A Man-of-War in Pieces: Fragmenting the Rikswasa of 1599.

    Mirja Arnshav


    Concluding Essay


    Chapter 18 - Fragmentation Research and the Fetishisation of Independence.

    John Chapman


    Anna Sörman is a Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Fellow at Nantes University (LARA/UMR 6566 CReAAH), France, and affiliated with Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research interests include the Bronze Age – Iron Age transition, craft organization and archaeological theory. Her ongoing research centres on the use and deposition of fragmented metalwork in Bronze Age communities in north-western France and southern Scandinavia.

    Astrid A. Noterman is a human osteologist and researcher at Stockholm University, Sweden, and a collaborative member of the CESCM, France (UMR 7302). Her ongoing research centres on early medieval mortuary practices in western and northern Europe, Merovingian historiography and 19th century French archaeology. She is a founder member of the Scandinavian Archaeothanatology Working Group.

    Markus Fjellström is a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University, affiliated to the Archaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University and Silvermuseet/INSARC in Arjeplog studying Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic reindeer. His previous postdoctoral position was at Oulu University during the development of this book.