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Articulating Relations: A non-representational view of Scandinavian Rock-art
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2013 (English)In: Archaeology after Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory / [ed] B. Alberti, B., Jones, A. & Pollard, J. (Eds), Left Coast Press Inc., 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses the prospects of a non-representational perspective on south Scandinavian rock art. The emphasis on relations between the production of petroglyphs and their material basis offers a different view on the practice than interpretative and representational methodologies based on context, typology, and stylistic attributes. The petroglyphs are perceived as ‘material articulations’, which emphasise their entanglement in past worlds rather than simply representing or reflecting them. By stressing the potential aesthetic affects of the images instead of viewing them as narrative or representational compositions, it is argued that especially the iconic ‘boat figure’ is nested in various sets of relationships. The making of petroglyphs in south Scandinavia during the Early Bronze Age were an active part in a series of material relations connecting the sea and land, the human and the material, farming and hunting, past and present as well as different places.

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Left Coast Press Inc., 2013.
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Rock art, Relations, Materiality, Non-representational theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89358ISBN: 978-1-61132-341-2OAI: diva2:691170
Available from: 2014-01-27 Created: 2013-04-22 Last updated: 2014-01-28Bibliographically approved

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