Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research
Andrew Jones, Gavin MacGregor
Bloomsbury Academic, Jul 1, 2002 - Art - 250 pages
Colour shapes our world in profound, if sometimes subtle, ways. It helps us to classify, form opinions, and make aesthetic and emotional judgements. Colour operates in every culture as a symbol, a metaphor, and as part of an aesthetic system. Yet archaeologists have traditionally subordinated the study of colour to the form and material value of the objects they find and thereby overlook its impact on conceptual systems throughout human history.