Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement

  • Mary C. Beaudry
  • Travis G. Parno

Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mary C. Beaudry, Travis G. Parno
    Pages 1-14
  3. Objects in Motion

  4. People in Motion

  5. Movement Through Spaces

  6. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Shannon Lee Dawdy
      Pages 257-262
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-265

About this book


This collection of essays in Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement draws inspiration from current archaeological interest in the movement of individuals, things, and ideas in the recent past. Movement is fundamentally concerned with the relationship(s) among time, object, person, and space. The volume argues that understanding movement in the past requires a shift away from traditional, fieldwork-based archaeological ontologies towards fluid, trajectory-based studies. Archaeology, by its very nature, locates objects frozen in space (literally in their three-dimensional matrices) at sites that are often stripped of people. An archaeology of movement must break away from this stasis and cut new pathways that trace the boundary-crossing contextuality inherent in object/person mobility.

                Essays in this volume build on these new approaches, confronting issues of movement from a variety of perspectives. They are divided into four sections, based on how the act of moving is framed. The groups into which these chapters are placed are not meant to be unyielding or definitive. The first section, "Objects in Motion," includes case studies that follow the paths of material culture and its interactions with groups of people. The second section of this volume, "People in Motion," features chapters that explore the shifting material traces of human mobility. Chapters in the third section of this book, "Movement through Spaces," illustrate the effects that particular spaces have on the people and objects who pass through them. Finally, there is an afterward that cohesively addresses the issue of studying movement in the recent past. At the heart of Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement is a concern with the hybridity of people and things, affordances of objects and spaces, contemporary heritage issues, and the effects of movement on archaeological subjects in the recent and contemporary past.


archaeology of forced migration archaeology of object and subject dichotomies archaeology of urban spaces material culture and mobility mobility in the Middle Ages trajectory and fluid archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary C. Beaudry
    • 1
  • Travis G. Parno
    • 2
  1. 1., AnthropologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2., AnthropologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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