Archaeology Unearthed: The social role of non-metal valuables in Late Bronze Age Britain by Dr Joanna Brück
Necklace of jet and amber from High Throston. Co. Durham © Tees Archaeology 2017
Bronze Age metal objects are widely viewed as markers of wealth and status. Items made from other materials, such as shale and amber, tend either to be framed in similar terms as ‘prestige goods’, or to be viewed as decorative trifles of limited research value. However, such simplistic models dramatically underplay the social role of objects.
In this talk Dr Joanna Brück will examine objects of amber, jet and shale in Late Bronze Age Britain, addressing in particular their contexts and associations as well as patterns of breakage to consider the cultural meanings and values ascribed to such items and to explore how human and object biographies were intertwined.
Dr Bruck’s primary area of research is the archaeology of the British Bronze Age. She is particularly interested in the treatment of the human body and concepts…
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