26/02/2020 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
How do we live global cultures in the everyday? This talk will look briefly at my research in Armenia and explore how the everyday and the global were co-constructed in the middle ages (12th to 15th centuries AD). I will lay out the question of a ‘Silk Road archaeology’ as a scalar problem, and think through the ‘worlds’ at different scales made in text, landscape, architecture, and material culture. I will focus on survey and excavations centered on the Arai-Bazarjuł caravanserai, an inn built in the early 13th century to house travelers, and a place where local and global ‘spent the night together.’ The talk will range over a number of methodologies; ultimately however, I return to the scale of human embodiment as a way to think about how multiple scales of worlding are made commensurate through the mediations of bodily mobility and memory.
|Department of Archaeology
|Meston MT6, University of Aberdeen