Healthiness, through the material culture of the late iron age and roman large urban-type settlements of South-East Britain.

Turner-Wilson, A. L., 2009. Healthiness, through the material culture of the late iron age and roman large urban-type settlements of South-East Britain. PhD Thesis (PhD). Bournemouth University.

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Abstract

It has recently been recognised that concepts of health contain multiple dimensions. One area that has received little attention in archaeology is that of health and well-being, so this research seeks to contribute to this area of study. It does so by investigating healthiness in the late Iron Age and Romano-British periods. The literature review explores current thinking around this topic, and confirms that aspects of good health mattered to people in the past. The research explores small finds that are traditionally associated with personal use (mirrors, combs, glass unguent containers, bronze cosmetic grinders and other additional toilet items) from the main urban-type settlements of south-east Britain. The investigation included collecting data concerning the sites, contexts, dates, materials, types, forms, colours and decoration ofthese objects, and any associated archaeological remains found with these items. Given the social nature ofthis work, a contextual approach was central to the design. The research takes an interpretive interdisciplinary position that draws on theoretical models based on the self and other, the body and face, the senses and perception, as well as concepts from material cultural studies, such as agency. Patterns seen in the data-set coupled with theoretical frameworks, and understandings of late Iron Age and Roman life, are brought together, and offer a means of interpreting how and why some of these small finds contributed to practices ofmaintaining good health. These proposals include healthiness in personhood and domestic and public life, in religion and the control of healthiness.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:2 volumes.
Subjects:History > Archaeology
Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Applied Sciences
ID Code:15294
Deposited By:Mrs Jill Burns
Deposited On:22 Jun 2010 15:18
Last Modified:15 Oct 2012 12:33

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