Edited by two pioneers in the field of sensory archaeology, this Handbook comprises a key point of reference for the ever-expanding field of sensory archaeology: one that surpasses previous books in this field, both in scope and critical intent.

This Handbook provides an extensive set of specially commissioned chapters, each of which summarizes and critically reflects on progress made in this dynamic field during the early years of the twenty-first century. The authors identify and discuss the key current concepts and debates of sensory archaeology, providing overviews and commentaries on its methods and its place in interdisciplinary sensual culture studies. Through a set of thematic studies, they explore diverse sensorial practices, contexts and materials, and offer a selection of archaeological case-studies from different parts of the world. In the light of this, the research methods now being brought into the service of sensory archaeology are re-examined.

Of interest to scholars, students and others with an interest in archaeology around the world, this book will be invaluable to archaeologists and is also of relevance to scholars working in disciplines contributing to sensory studies: aesthetics, anthropology, architecture, art history, communication studies, history (including history of science), geography, literary and cultural studies, material culture studies, museology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

chapter 1|17 pages

Sensory archaeology

Key concepts and debates
ByRobin Skeates, Jo Day

part Part I|1 pages

Approaches to sensory archaeology

chapter 2|14 pages

Digging up the sensorium

On the sensory revolution in archaeology
ByDavid Howes

chapter 3|12 pages

Early theories of sense perception

Greek origins
ByHan Baltussen

chapter 4|28 pages

Doing sensory archaeology

The challenges
ByRuth Tringham, Annie Danis

chapter 5|18 pages

How does it feel? Phenomenology, excavation and sensory experience

Notes for a new ethnographic field practice
ByChristopher Tilley

chapter 6|13 pages

The senses in museums

Knowledge production, democratization and indigenization
ByCara Krmpotich

part Part II|1 pages

Sensorial practices, contexts and materials

chapter 7|21 pages

Emotion and the senses in archaeology

ByRuth Nugent

chapter 8|19 pages

Movement, materials, and intersubjectivity

Insights from Western Ireland
ByRyan Lash

chapter 9|15 pages

Sensing death and experiencing mortuary ritual

ByLiv Nilsson Stutz

chapter 10|15 pages

Environment and the senses

ByAndrew Hoaen

chapter 11|14 pages

Waterfalls and moving waters

The unnatural natural and flows of cosmic forces
ByTerje Oestigaard

chapter 12|17 pages

Darkness and light in the archaeological past

Sensory perspectives
ByMarion Dowd

chapter 13|23 pages

The sensory archaeology of textiles

BySusanna Harris

chapter 14|15 pages

Sensory perception and experience of glass

ByChloë N. Duckworth

chapter 15|18 pages

Ceremonial architecture and public events

ByTakeshi Inomata

chapter 16|15 pages

Cities and urbanism

ByJeffrey D. Veitch

chapter 17|12 pages

Warfare and the senses

Archaeologies of the senses and sensorial archaeologies of recent conflict
ByMatthew Leonard, Esther Breithoff

chapter 18|17 pages

The sensory experiences of food consumption

ByErica Rowan

part Part III|1 pages

Archaeological case-studies by period and region

chapter 19|21 pages

Stealing through the back door

Sensory archaeology in the European Mesolithic
ByBen Elliott

chapter 20|16 pages

Sensory archaeology in Scandinavia and Finland

ByAstrid J. Nyland

chapter 21|19 pages

Sensory Mediterranean prehistory

ByRobin Skeates

chapter 22|19 pages

Sensory approaches to the Aegean Bronze Age

ByJo Day

chapter 23|17 pages

The sensory world of Mesopotamia

ByAugusta McMahon

chapter 24|21 pages

The sensory worlds of ancient Egypt

ByRichard Bruce Parkinson

chapter 25|14 pages

Classical Archaeology and the senses: A paradigmatic shift?

ByHeather Hunter-Crawley

chapter 26|16 pages

Experimental archaeology and (re)-experiencing the senses of the medieval world

ByBrendan O’Neill, Aidan O’Sullivan

chapter 27|12 pages

Haptic vision

Making surface sense of Islamic material culture
BySimon O’Meara

chapter 28|19 pages

Sensorial experiences in Mesoamerica

Existing scholarship and possibilities
BySarah E. Newman

chapter 29|22 pages

Sensory archaeology in the Pueblo Southwest

ByRuth M. Van Dyke

chapter 31|17 pages

Sensory archaeology in the Pacific

ByTim Thomas

chapter 32|7 pages

Afterword: sensory archaeology—a work in progress

ByRobin Skeates, Jo Day