Ruth Whitehouse's research while affiliated with University College London and other places

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This chapter describes the archaeological investigation of features exposed during gravel quarrying at two Puglian Neolithic enclosures (villaggi trincerati), previously known only from aerial photographs—Cava Petrilli, near Lucera, and Canale Gavitella, near Stornara. These exposed features were identified and recorded during the the UCL Institute...
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Neolithic Spaces provides a large-scale synthetic survey of the Neolithic sites (villaggi trincerati – ditched villages) of the Tavoliere plain, southeast Italy, one of the most important world regions for the scale of early Neolithic settlement. The volumes cover original research at regional, inter-site and intra-site scales. They explore the soc...
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Italian abstract pending The paper aims to reconstruct the sensory and social experiences of the Neolithic inhabitants of the ditched settlements of the Tavoliere plain of northern Puglia, using methods developed within the framework of phenomenology and sensory archaeology. In contrast to much phenomenological work in archaeology, our experiments...
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This chapter is concerned with the relationship of the Neolithic cult site of Grotta Scaloria to the Neolithic villaggi trincerati (ditched villages) of the Tavoliere Plain, the nearest known example of which is roughly 9 km away. Radiocarbon dates demonstrate that the use of the upper cave of Grotta Scaloria for burial (and perhaps other) purposes...
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The Pitt-Rivers Museum holds c. 667 artefacts from Rapa Nui and c. 93 from Pitcairn Island, most of them collected by the Katherine and Scoresby Routledge expedition of 1914/15. Together they provide a key resource for the study of the prehistoric material culture of the two Islands.
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By considering the stones of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) on a landscape scale, their sources, properties and elemental use in architecture during the statue production period and beyond – from modest ovens to immense statues, a case is made that stone and stones were an essential connective substance of Rapa Nui society. It is posited that stone conne...
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This volume presents a wide diversity of theoretical approaches and methods of study of women in the ancient world, representing a cross section of work being carried out today under the broad banner of gender archaeology.
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The article deals with the practice of phenomenological archaeological fieldwork, which is concerned with sensory experience of landscapes and locales. Phenomenological approaches in archaeology have cast light on aspects of past human experience not addressed by traditional archaeological methods. So far, however, they have neither developed expli...
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Archaeological fieldwork and its results are constrained by a pre-existing range of techniques. Current debate on the nature of fieldwork has prompted a realisation that it needs to be approached in radically different ways. This paper introduces our work on the Neolithic settlements of the Tavoliere Plain southeast Italy that combines traditional...

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... A growing body of archaeological literature is developing in this area (e.g. Barnatt & Edmonds, 2002;Betts, 2003;Hamilton, Seager Thomas, & Whitehouse, 2016;Skeates, 2007Skeates, , 2010Skeates, , 2016Whitehouse, 1992Whitehouse, , 2001, with sensory considerations extending from caves understood as part of sensescapes, to the multisensory experiences of ritual cave spaces and performances, to the related production, consumption, and experience of cultural materials with sensuous properties. This study can now be realigned with reference to the emergent field of sensory archaeology, with its emphasis on identifying "the remarkable variety of ways in which we make sense of the world around us, especially as members of societies and cultures with particular sensory orders and dynamics" (c.f. ...
... As theoretical approaches these have been effective in archaeo logy as this information can be investigated from the archaeological evidence. Influenced by broader developments in the humanities, in the last couple of decades archaeologists have started to explore the significance of sensory perception in understanding material culture (Hurcombe 2007), whether this is sight and movement (Tilley 1994) or the combination of sight, smell and sound (Hamilton & Whitehouse 2006a, 35-43;2006b). Cloth used to make clothing is laden with sensory experience, from the feel of cloth, to the sound of certain garments (Welters 2007), to the smell of materials or dyes (Hoskins 1993) or their combined effect (Becker 2007). It is now for archaeologists to find methods to investigate these aspects of cloth and clothing and incorporate them into theories of the past. ...
... 9 Arsenault 2004;Boivin 2004;Devereux 2008;Diaz-Andreu et al. 2017. 10 Including Betts 2017Hamilton et al., 2006;Whitehouse 2020. 11 Bellia 2022. ...
... Por ejemplo, considerando que se utilizó basalto de grano grueso para fabricar piedras de construcción y pedestales de moai, algunos ahu alrededor de la isla se erigieron con material de canteras cercanas a los complejos de moai-ahu. Esto incluye, por ejemplo, Maitaki te Moa, Te Pito Kura, Tepeu, Mahatua y Moa te Eru Eru, desde donde se extrajeron rocas de puku (afloramientos) locales para fabricar pae y paenga para la construcción (Gioncada et al., 2010;Hamilton, 2013;Hamilton et al., 2011;McCoy, 2014). Sin embargo, hubo algunos complejos moai-ahu para los que se importaron pae y paenga de otros sectores de la isla (Harper, 2008), como ocurrió en Vinapu, y para la construcción de las plataformas en Vaihu y Akahanga (McCoy, 2014). ...
... The impact of a sexual division of labour in the formation of the first farming societies during the European Neolithic has been tackled from different perspectives producing little agreement about its significance in social organisation [15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]. Despite the potential of archaeology to contribute to the history of sexual division of labour, using methods for identifying gendered activities that do not rely upon ethnographic and historical analogy research has been limited. ...