Archaeographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispilio

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The close relationship between photography and archaeology is widely acknowledged. Since its invention, photography has been an indispensable documentation tool for archaeology, while the development of digital technology has facilitated the growing needs of an archaeological excavation in recording and archiving. Still, both photography and archaeology are much more than documentation practices. On the one hand, photography is the most appropriate medium for creating visual art; on the other, the excavation is a locus where material and immaterial knowledges are constantly being produced, reproduced and represented; as such, it constitutes an ideal "topos" for experimentation in creating images. This entangled relationship between photography and archaeology, and art and documentation, has only recently attracted attention, emerging as a separate field of study. Archaeographies: Excavating Neolithic Dispilio consists one of the very first experimentations in printed format, dealing with this visual interplay between archaeology and photography. The case study is the excavation of the Greek Neolithic settlement of Dispilio. The book tackles archaeological practice on site, the microcosms of excavation, and the interaction between people and "things". Archaeographies derives from an on-going, blog-based project, launched in 2006 (visualizingneolithic.com). The black-and-white photos of the book were selected from a large archive, and are loosely assembled as an itinerary. They are accompanied by a laconic commentary, in order to retain the sense of ambiguity and allow multiple interpretation of the images.

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An excavation does not simply reveal; it produces and reproduces: miniscule beads, wooden posts and their negative impressions, fragments of vessels, remnants of sheep, charred einkorn grains, assumption and theoretical models, soiled pages of daybooks, "clean" spreadsheets, stories -big of small, past or present-, bonds of people and friendships, and thousand of photographs. The photographs of this book are related to the excavation of lakeside Neolithic settlement of Dispilio in NW Greece commenced in 1992 by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and form part of a project commenced in 2006 [visualizing.neolithic.com].

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Fotis Ifantidis studied archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research is focused on personal adornment practices in prehistory and on the interplay between photography and archaeology [case studies: the Neolithic settlement of dispilio, the ancient city of Kalaureia on the island of Poros, and the Athenian Acropolis].
Among his publications: Postcards from the edge of time: Archaeology, photography, archaeological ethnography (a photo-essay) (Public Archaeology special issue: Archaeological Ethnographies, 2009) [co-authored with Y. Hamilakis & A. Anagnostopoulos], Spondylus in Prehistory: New Data and Approaches. Contribution to the Archaeology of Shell Technologies (Archaeopress, 2011) [co-edited with M. Nikolaïdou], The Other Acropolises: Multi-temporality and the persistence of the past (The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World (2013) [co-authored with Y. Hamilakis]

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