Article ID: CBB271214345

An archaeology of dementia (2022)

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Around the world, millions of people live with dementia. Archaeologists have advanced heritage engagement as a form of therapy, for example, through museum object handling. Here, the author proposes an alternative focus, arguing that archaeology can contribute to research on the materialities of care. Through a case study of a ‘dementia assemblage’ curated by an avocational archaeologist, the author documents the embodied and material traces of the collector's earlier archaeological practices, their increasing comfort in handling stone as dementia progressed and their sustained interest in the pareidolic properties of things. The results contribute to a wider understanding of the important role of materiality for those living with dementia.

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Authors & Contributors
Ballard, Chris
Douglas, Bronwen
Gorman, Alice
Göttler, Christine
Mangan, Patricia Hart
Mattingly, David J.
Journals
Historical Archaeology
Antiquity
History and Anthropology
Journal of Early Modern History
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Academic Press
Amsterdam University Press
Åströms Förlag
Brill
Cornell University Press
Concepts
Material culture
Archaeology
Materiality
Anthropology
Colonialism
Methodology
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
Ancient
Early modern
16th century
18th century
Places
United States
Africa
Great Britain
India
Rome (Italy)
Soviet Union
Institutions
Mount Holyoke College
Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS)
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