Earthy Matters: Exploring Human Interactions with Earth, Soil and Clay

Steel, Louise and Attala, Luci (2024) Earthy Matters: Exploring Human Interactions with Earth, Soil and Clay. Materialities in Anthropology and Archaeology . University of Wales Press, Cardiff. ISBN 978-1-83772-135-1 (In Press)

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the reader to the notion that matter is a creative agent, and that it plays a key role in the formation of our material and social worlds. The focus of the book is sediments, soils, clay and earth ‒ materials that surround us and have shaped people’s interactions with the environment since even before the first farmers settled in the Near East tilling the earth, building houses from mud and plaster, and making vessels and figurines from clay. This collection questions orthodox understandings that these substances are inert and an infinite resource for humanity, rather to foreground earthy substances in their relationships with humans, and to show how these materials have co-created our social and material worlds. It is a novel and timely reminder for the reader that our lives have always been embedded within the matter of the E(e)arth.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Louise Steel
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 08:48
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 08:48

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