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Heidegger, Archaeology, Mortality, 1st Edition

By Philip Tonner


172 pages

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Dwelling: Heidegger, Archaeology, Mortality negotiates the discourses of phenomenology, archaeology and palaeoanthropology in order to extend the ‘dwelling perspective’, an approach in the social sciences particularly associated with Tim Ingold and a number of other thinkers, including Chris Tilley, Julian Thomas, Chris Gosden and Clive Gamble, that developed out of an engagement with the thought of Martin Heidegger.

This unique book deals with Heidegger’s philosophy as it has been explored in archaeology and anthropology, seeking to expand its cross-disciplinary engagement into accounts of early humans and death awareness. Tonner reads Heidegger’s thought of dwelling in connection to recent developments in the archaeology of mortuary practice amongst our ancestors. Agreeing with Heidegger that an awareness of death marks out a distinctive way of ‘being-in-the-world’, Tonner rejects any relict anthropocentrism in Heidegger’s thought and seeks to break down simple divisions between humans and pre-humans.

This book is ideal for readers wishing to cross disciplinary boundaries and to challenge anthropocentric thinking in accounts of human evolution. It would be ideal for professional researchers in the fields covered by the book as well as for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction






Chapter 2 Heidegger and the dwelling perspective

‘New archaeology’

Some recent archaeologies

Heidegger and three phenomenological archaeologists:

Tilley, Gosden and Thomas

Phenomenology, archaeology and Gamble’s Palaeolithic

Societies of Europe

Chapter 3 Origins


Interpretive archaeology


Mortuary activity in evolutionary perspective

Chapter 4 Dwelling and Mortality

Heidegger, phenomenology and "primitive Dasein"

Chapter 5 Modernity, dwelling and phenomenological archaeology

The Sima de los Huesos as heterotopia

Phenomenological archaeology

Anatomically modern humans, evolution and the dwelling perspective


Chapter 6 Conclusion

About the Author

Philip Tonner is Head of Philosophy and Religion at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow. His work explores the relationships between philosophy, archaeology, museology and education. He is the author of Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of Being (Continuum 2010) and Phenomenology Between Aesthetics and Idealism (Noesis Press 2015).

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Routledge Studies in Archaeology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology