Author(s): Susanna Harris
This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practises and the objects, bodies and places that define them. Using examples as diverse as Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, Native American ceremonial bundles, baby swaddling and contemporary African textiles, the dozen archaeologist and anthropologist contributors show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place. These context specific, cultural and technical acts offer a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.
Susanna Harris is British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She is researching the relationship between textiles and animal skins in prehistoric Europe and the role of cloth-type materials as cloth cultures.
Laurence Douny is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow based at the Department of Anthropology at University College London. She has been working over the past 10 years in the Dogon region of West Africa on earth works. She is now conducting research on silk embroidery and woven textiles throughout West Africa.