Broken Bodies, Places and Objects demonstrates the breadth of fragmentation and fragment use in prehistory and history and provides an up-to-date insight into current archaeological thinking around the topic.

A seal broken and shared by two trade parties, dog jaws accompanying the dead in Mesolithic burials, fragments of ancient warships commodified as souvenirs, parts of an ancient dynastic throne split up between different colonial collections… Pieces of the past are everywhere around us. Fragments have a special potential precisely because of their incomplete format – as a new matter that can reference its original whole but can also live on with new, unrelated meanings. Deliberate breakage of bodies, places and objects for the use of fragments has been attested from all time periods in the past. It has now been over 20 years since John Chapman’s major publication introducing fragmentation studies, and the topic is more present than ever in archaeology. This volume offers the first European-wide review of the concept of fragmentation, collecting case studies from the Neolithic to Modernity and extending the ideas of fragmentation theory in new directions.

The book is written for scholars and students in archaeology, but it is also relevant for neighbouring fields with an interest in material culture, such as anthropology, history, cultural heritage studies, museology, art and architecture.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

part I|77 pages

Fragmentation and funerary practices

chapter 2|16 pages

Marking boundaries, making connections

Fragmenting the body in Bronze Age Britain
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chapter 4|14 pages

Bonded by pieces

Fragments as means of affirming kinship in Iron Age Finland
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chapter 5|17 pages

Revisiting, selecting, breaking and removing

Incomplete and fragmented Merovingian reopened graves in Western Europe
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chapter 6|14 pages

Parted pairs

Viking Age oval brooches in Britain, Ireland, and Iceland
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part II|86 pages

Fragmentation and archaeological methods

chapter 9|14 pages

Describing identity

The individual and the collective in zooarchaeology
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chapter 10|16 pages

Fragmented reindeer of Stállo foundations

A multi-isotopic approach to fragmented reindeer skeletal remains from Adámvallda in Swedish Sápmi
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part III|123 pages

Fragmentation and the manipulation of objects

chapter 12|16 pages

Multiple objects

Fragmentation and process in the Neolithic of Britain and Ireland
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chapter 13|19 pages

Breaking, making, dismantling and reassembling

Fragmentation in Iron Age Britain
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chapter 14|19 pages

Fusing fragments

Repaired objects, refitted parts and upcycled pieces in the Late Bronze Age metalwork of Southern Scandinavia
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chapter 15|16 pages

Selective fragmentation

Exploring the treatment of metalwork across time and space in Bronze Age Britain
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chapter 17|15 pages

A man-of-war in pieces

Fragmenting the Rikswasa of 1599
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