Are artefacts a backdrop to society, props used to reconstruct lost ways of life, or is there a more complex interdependency between people and ‘things’? Ian Hodder believes so, examining how people interact with the objects they create, and how pursuit of the material has fired historic and prehistoric innovations. Produce, exchange, and discard – this is the stuff of life, driving human development, both behavioural and cultural. A thought-provoking read.
This article is an extract from the full article published in World Archaeology Issue 55. Click here to subscribe