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Is it time for an elemental and humoral (re)turn in archaeology?

Jones, Richard; Miller, Holly; Sykes, Naomi

Authors

Richard Jones rlcj1@leicester.ac.uk

HOLLY MILLER Holly.Miller@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor in Zooarchaeology_*d

Naomi Sykes Naomi.Sykes@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper asks whether archaeologists might profitably re-engage with the pre-Enlightenment doctrines of elemental philosophy and humoral theory as paradigms more relevant for archaeological interpretation in certain contexts than much of current theoretical discourse. These ancient cosmologies are here reconceptualized to suggest ways in which archaeologists might provide fairer representations of past cultures, through the readoption of ideas that they understood rather than through the imposition of more recent and thus anachronistic frames of analytical reference. In four brief case studies, the paper seeks to show how the foregrounding of elemental and humoral theories might lead to new ways of thinking about the study and interpretation of the landscape, material culture, consumption and the senses. Through them, the paper looks to encourage reflection on whether elemental and humoral theories represent the intellectual paradigms that archaeologists have been striving to invent since the discipline's creation.

Citation

Jones, R., Miller, H., & Sykes, N. (2016). Is it time for an elemental and humoral (re)turn in archaeology?. Archaeological Dialogues, 23(2), https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203816000210

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 2, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2018
Journal Archaeological Dialogues
Print ISSN 1380-2038
Electronic ISSN 1380-2038
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203816000210
Keywords archaeological theory; humoral theory; elemental theory; ‘Age of Reason’; archaeological science; landscape archaeology
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49951
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/archaeological-dialogues/article/is-it-time-for-an-elemental-and-humoral-return-in-archaeology/B1C1FEC8F15D4C1305AF40B4A13086CA
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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