“Des choses. Une archéologie des cas à part”, directed by Géraldine Delley, 448 pages, Laténium éd., Hauterive, 2021.
As a science of collection par excellence, archaeology has based much of its knowledge on the comparison and constitution of series of artefacts. Today, these two dimensions are still at the heart of the discipline’s practice. But what is to be done with singular and unusual objects that are only valuable for themselves? The 51 contributions by archaeologists and historians gathered in this book offer original readings of such particular cases. Starting from the objects themselves and covering a very long chronological spectrum – from the Palaeolithic to the contemporary era – these original and stimulating insights challenge the dominant frameworks of the discipline and underline the narrative potential of archaeological objects.