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The Mirror in the Ground eBook



The Mirror in the Ground eBook

Archaeology, photography and the making of a disciplnary archive


Nick Shepherd

ISBN 9781868426782



Foreword by Pippa Skotnes


What happens when we approach archaeology from the perspective of an interest in visualities? Does it make sense to talk about an archaeological aesthetic? What part has a specifically archaeological concern with material cultures, objectified bodies and sites on the landscape played in a local history of looking? Drawing from the archive of the South African archaeologist John Goodwin (1990–1959), this book interrogates the role of photography in the making of a disciplinary project in archaeology.




The Author


Nick Shepherd is Associate Professor of Archaeology and African Studies at the University of Cape Town, where he convenes a graduate programme on Public Culture and Heritage. He has been a Mandela Fellow at Harvard University, and a Visiting Professor at Brown University and at the University of Basel. From 2004-2012 he was the editor of the journal Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeology Congress.



Reviews, News & Interviews:


 The Mirror in the Ground offers us a fresh way of looking at the photographic archive, with a commentary as moving and compassionate as it is unsettling.

JM Coetzee