Tracing Gestures: The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication (Hardcover)

Tracing Gestures: The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Communication By Amy J. Maitland Gardner (Editor), Ruth Whitehouse (Editor), Carl Walsh (Editor) Cover Image
By Amy J. Maitland Gardner (Editor), Ruth Whitehouse (Editor), Carl Walsh (Editor)
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This volume examines the role of gestures in past societies, exploring both how meaning was communicated through bodily actions, and also how archaeologists can trace the symbolism and significance of ancient gestures, ritual practices and bodily techniques through the material remnants of past human groups.

Gesture studies is an area of increasing interest within the social sciences, and the individual chapters not only respond to developments in the field, but push it forward by bringing a wide range of perspectives and approaches into dialogue with one another. Each exhibits a critical and reflexive approach to bodily communication and to re-tracing bodies through the archaeological record (in art, the treatment of the body and material culture), and together they demonstrate the diversity of pioneering global research on gestures in archaeology and related disciplines, with contributions from leading researchers in Aegean, Mediterranean, Mesoamerican, Japanese and Near Eastern archaeology.

By bringing case studies from each of these different cultures and regions together and drawing on interdisciplinary insights from anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, design, art history and the performing arts, this volume reveals the similarities and differences in gestures as expressed in cultures around the world, and offers new and valuable perspectives on the nature of bodily communication across both space and time.

About the Author


Amy J. Maitland Gardner is an alumna of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, UK. Carl Walsh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Barnes Foundation, USA.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781350276987
ISBN-10: 1350276987
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: July 28th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English