Global Material Culture in the Modern City

  • Tim Murray
  • Penny Crook
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


In this chapter we examine the manufacture and movement of goods. Just as people migrated about the globe in the nineteenth century in response to a wide variety of historical circumstances, goods were made, transported and discarded within the parameters of changing cultural, technological and economic processes. In order to understand how patterns of material culture might reflect patterns of migration or the cultural norms and challenges of migration (i.e. the archaeology of migration), we must first understand the goods themselves. Here we introduce the concept of ‘global material culture’, a phrase which we use to describe the core range of domestic goods consumed throughout the world in the nineteenth century.


Material culture Trade Migration Technological change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Murray
    • 1
  • Penny Crook
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Arts, Social Sciences and CommerceLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Archaeology and HistoryLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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