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1st Edition

The Archaeology of Movement

ISBN 9780367195397
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Archaeology of Movement discusses movement in the past, including the relationships between mobility and place, moving bodies and material culture, and the challenges of studying past movement.

Drawing on a wide range of examples and different archaeological practices, The Archaeology of Movement provides an introduction for those interested in thinking about past movement beyond the ‘fact of mobility’. Almost since the beginning of the modern discipline of archaeology, movement has played a role in helping to shape our understanding of the past. However, the issue of movement is complicated, and where it sits in relation to other indicators of the past is problematic. Until now it has received less serious scrutiny than it merits. This book seeks to address this lacuna by placing movement at the centre of our investigations into the archaeological record.

The Archaeology of Movement is an excellent introduction for archaeologists, anthropologists, cultural geographers, and students interested in the ways movement has shaped our understanding of history and the archaeological record.

Table of Contents


1 Movement and the archaeological record 1

2 Mobile methods

3 Mobile bodies and objects

4 At the crossroads

5 Becoming mobile


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Oscar Aldred is a Member of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and works for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, both part of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. His main research interests are in landscape archaeology, excavation, and archaeological method and theory, as well as the archaeology of the North Atlantic and the UK.