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156 pages

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Published Dec 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690750

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Play; Games; Anthropology; Archaeology; Ethnography; Sociology; Recreation; Prehistory; Scotland

Playing with Things: The archaeology, anthropology and ethnography of human–object interactions in Atlantic Scotland

By Graeme Wilson

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This study represents a reappraisal of the relationship between play — an activity which is most often understood in terms of something ‘set apart’ — and everyday life. Via a series of archaeological, anthropological and ethnographic investigations, it leads towards the conclusion that play is not in fact so separate as is often assumed.



Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Playing Chess; Chapter 3 Playing Euchre; Chapter 4 Counters; Chapter 5 Dice; Chapter 6 Tafl; Chapter 7 Awkward Objects; Chapter 8 Final Discussion; References

About the Author

Graeme Wilson has a background in Scottish archaeology and since founding EASE Archaeology in 1993 has undertaken fieldwork in the Northern and Western Isles. Much of this work has been related to coastal erosion, in one form or another, and includes extensive coastline survey together with the excavation of numerous threatened sites, predominantly in Orkney and Shetland, many of which are published. Since 2006 he has co-directed the large scale rescue excavation at Links of Noltland, Westray, Orkney on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland. His interests include the prehistory of the Northern Isles, human - object relationships and gaming and play in prehistory. He lives with his family on the island of Westray, Orkney.