Approaches to Disruptions and Interactions in Archaeology : Proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual Conferences in 2017-2019, Paperback / softback Book

Approaches to Disruptions and Interactions in Archaeology : Proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Annual Conferences in 2017-2019 Paperback / softback

Edited by Penny (Teaching Associate, University of Sheffield) Coombe, Ying Tung (Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Fung

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Approaches to Disruptions and Interactions in Archaeology is a collection of some of the papers presented at the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Conferences over the years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The GAO conference has become an annual fixture in the calendar of graduate study in the School of Archaeology in Oxford, typically held in the spring each year and organised by graduate students from the School.

The aims of the conferences have been primarily to provide a platform for graduate students and early career researchers to share their work, and to encourage discussions and connections amongst scholars from different fields within archaeology.

In total, around 150 delegates participated, approximately 80 papers were presented, and 20 posters were displayed in the three conferences represented in this volume.

The book represents 8 papers from the wider benefits and results of the GAO conferences over the three years.

The papers draw out different aspects of the key themes of interaction, mobility, entanglement and disruption amongst various communities and demonstrated through material culture, relating to a range of time periods.

Subjects include Japanese fans, Romano-British coins, Chinese architecture, the establishment of the Silk Road(s), chaos as shown in classical theatre, the threat to Indian urban sites, Buddhist grottoes in Northern Sichuan, and Phoenician colonisation of parts of Portugal.

It is proposed that definitions and distinctions can be a mirage, and it is interaction and mobility that characterises much of the past.

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