The Image as a Normative Force

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Ancient images have long played an important role in archaeological research. Especially in the archaeological study of past societies with little or no written records, images are often used as evidence for contemporary mentalities and world- views, myths and ideas. Images like objects, performances or rituals are explained as part of a symbolic language that was shared within a society. Even if perceptions of images and other visual displays vary significantly between individuals according to their educational, social, religious or political backgrounds and views, ways of seeing are culturally constructed and embedded within common cultural assumptions and understandings. Visual experiences are part of collective ways of comprehension and communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomo pictor
Subtitle of host publicationImage Studies and Archaeology in Dialogue
EditorsJacobus Bracker
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-948465-77-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-948465-78-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameFreiburger Studien zur Archäologie & Visuellen Kultur
PublisherInstitut für Archäologische Wissenschaften der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
ISSN (Print)2628-2747
ISSN (Electronic)2628-1856

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