Article ID: CBB271214345

An archaeology of dementia (2022)


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.
Historical Archaeology
History and Anthropology
Journal of Early Modern History
Cambridge University Press
Academic Press
Amsterdam University Press
Åströms Förlag
Cornell University Press
Material culture
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
Early modern
16th century
18th century
United States
Great Britain
Rome (Italy)
Soviet Union
Mount Holyoke College
Society for Archaeological Sciences (SAS)

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