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H 290 x W 205 mm

154 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Jan 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784912253

Digital: 9781784912260

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Controlling Colours

Function and meaning of Colour in the British Iron Age

By Marlies Hoecherl

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Colour defines our material world, operates as a communication tool and creates meaning. This book revisits well known and well documented sites or artefacts and explores their colours and colour connotations by looking at various contexts such as processes, landscape, iconography, body decoration or the colour connotations of death.



List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Literature Review; Chapter 3: Theoretical Aspects of Colour; Chapter 4: Colour and Creation – Colour Implications in Metalworking; Chapter 5: A Whiter Shade of Pale – Chalk in the British Iron Age; Chapter 6: Weaving with Light – Luminosity and Brilliance in the British Iron Age; Chapter 7: The Power of Blood – Decorated Metal Ware; Chapter 8: Yellow Stars and Red Journeys – Colour, Iconography and Cosmologies; Chapter 9: Black White and Red – Colours of Death; Chapter 10: Transforming Skin – Body Decoration in the British Iron Age; Chapter 11: Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendix 1: Sites; Appendix 2: Artefacts; Appendix 3: Human Remains; Appendix 4: Classical Sources for Body Decoration