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Archaeologists can track time through changes in the style and form of objects, such asthe minting of new coins, or new styles of pottery being introduced while old styles cease to be manufactured. As a result, the two most fundamental questions archaeologists ask are ‘what is it?’ and ‘when is it from?’
Archaeologist Barry Crump uses ideas from Philosophy and Literary Theory to explore how these two questions - and their answers - are more interesting and more complex than we often assume.
Using coins and pottery as case studies, this talk will look at production and manufacture, the flexibility of meaning and use, identity, and the underlying issue of the relationship between objects and ideas in Archaeology.
Archaeologist Barry Crump has an academic background in Philosophy and Literary Theory, and has worked in a variety of roles within archaeology, museums and heritage, returning to the University of York in 2012 to undertake research on the relationship between coinage and identity in Roman Britain. He believes strongly in community archaeology and public engagement, and enjoys delivering courses and talks on his areas of interest and research, particularly through the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.