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.
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.
Chapter 4 - Bonded by Pieces: Fragments as Means of Affirming Kinship in Iron Age Finland.
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.
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.
Chapter 11 - House to House – Fragmentation and Deceptive Memory-Making at an Early Modern Swedish Country House.
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?
Chapter 17 - A Man-of-War in Pieces: Fragmenting the Rikswasa of 1599.
Chapter 18 - Fragmentation Research and the Fetishisation of Independence.