The Intangible Elements of Culture in Ethnoarchaeological Research

  • Stefano Biagetti
  • Francesca Lugli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Essays

  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Francesca Lugli
      Pages 125-139
    3. Irene Baroni, Jamyian-Ombo Gantulga, Jérôme Magail, Chimiddorj Yeruul-Erdene
      Pages 151-159
    4. Jerimy J. Cunningham
      Pages 185-190
    5. Ganbaataryn Nandinbilig
      Pages 211-216
    6. Raquel Piqué, Mathieu Gueye, Karen Hardy, Abdoulaye Camara, Edmond Dioh
      Pages 217-230
    7. Javier Ruiz-Pérez, Carla Lancelotti, Bernardo Rondelli, Marco Madella, Juan José García-Granero, Leonor Peña-Chocarro
      Pages 241-252
    8. Alessandra Pecci, Sylvain Burri, Aline Durand, Fernanda Inserra, Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros
      Pages 253-261
    9. Nicola Ialongo, Alessandro Vanzetti
      Pages 283-291
    10. Manuela Pérez-Rodríguez, Assumpció Vila-Mitjà, Jordi Estévez-Escalera
      Pages 293-301
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 321-323

About this book


This volume focuses on the intangible elements of human cultures, whose relevance in the study of archaeology has often been claimed but rarely practiced. In this book, the authors successfully show how the adoption of ethnoarchaeological perspectives on non-material aspects of cultures can support the development of methodologies aimed at refining the archaeological interpretation of ancient items, technologies, rituals, settlements and even landscape.

The volume includes a series of new approaches that can foster the dialogue between archaeology and anthropology in the domain of the intangible knowledge of rural and urban communities. The role of ethnoarchaeology in the study of the intangible heritage is so far largely underexplored, and there is a considerable lack of ethnoarchaeological studies explicitly focused on the less tangible evidence of present and past societies. Fresh case studies will revitalize the theoretical debate around ethnoarchaeology and its applicability in the archaeological and heritage research in the new millennium.

Over the past decade, ‘intangible’ has become a key word in anthropological research and in heritage management. Archaeological theories and methods regarding the explorations of the meaning and the significance of artifacts, resources, and settlement patterns are increasingly focusing on non-material evidence. Due to its peculiar characteristics, ethnoarchaeology can effectively foster the development of the study of the intangible cultural heritage of living societies, and highlight its relevance to the study of those of the past.


Challenges of Ethnoarchaeological Research Craft production & capitalism Defence of a general anthropology Ethnoarchaeology and Palaeoethnology How plants shape human mind during cultivation Invisible heritage and archaeological ages

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Biagetti
    • 1
  • Francesca Lugli
    • 2
  1. 1.BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.RomeItaly

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