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Author Lake, Crystal B., author

Title Artifacts : how we think and write about found objects / Crystal B. Lake
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020
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Contents Prologue. Things speaking for themselves -- Leaving room to guess -- Ten thousand gimcracks -- Coins : the most vocal monuments -- Manuscripts : burnt to a crust -- Weapons : a wilderness of arms -- Grave goods : the kings' four bodies -- Afterword. The artifactual form
Summary "The book is a study of the artifacts that antiquarians (a.k.a. antiquaries) collected in the long eighteenth century. The author considers what objects drew their attention and how they interpreted and wrote about them--in politically charged ways and not with pure historical objectivity as they claimed. The book brings together material studies and literary studies. Part 1 presents a theory of the artifact, and part 2 presents case studies of particular artifacts: coins, manuscripts, weapons, and grave goods"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Antiquarians -- 18th century
Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting -- History -- 18th century
Archaeology -- Political aspects -- History -- 18th century
Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting.
Archaeology -- Political aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421436515