Dido and the Basket: Afterlife of Feature 634

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My chapter in the book "Object Stories" focuses on a small object - a fragment of basket excavated in the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, buried in a multiple grave. The basket is associated with the burial of "Dido" (Feature 634).
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As with the other chapters in this book, my chapter focuses on a small object that I have experienced as an archaeologist – in my case a fragment of basket excavated in the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, buried in a multiple grave. The basket is associated with the burial of "Dido" (Feature 634). The narrative comprises three parts. It begins with a statement on my standpoint on the entanglement and life-histories of objects, followed by details of the situation and context of this particular object. Then finally the object is put into a narrative context of fragmentary stories of now and then that have been partially “lifted” from my recombinant history (aka serious game) Dead Women Do Tell Tales. But a couple of the fragments here actually have taken DWdTT onto a different path of storytelling.

Citation of the chapter: Tringham Ruth (2014) "Dido and the Basket: fragments towards a linear history" in Object Stories, edited by Steve Brown, Ursula Frederick, and Anne Clarke, pp.161–168. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, Inc

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2014-11-30
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