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Neolithic Communities in the Republic of Macedonia July 11, 2010

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Neolithic communities in the Republic of Macedonia (2009).
Neolithic communities in the Republic of Macedonia (2009).

“Unearthed”, the issue that complements the international world art exhibition ‘unearthed’ includes in the bibliography new important monographs:

Naumov, G. 2009. Patterns and corporeality: Neolithic visual culture from the Republic of Macedonia. Oxford: BAR International Series 1910. (buy the book at amazon.com)

Naumov, G., Fidanoski, Lj., and Tolevski, I. 2009. Neolithic communities in the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje: Dante.

However, it is unclear why there is no presentation in the text at least of Goce Naumov who was recognized even from the European Association of Archaeologists receiving the student Award in 2007 (http://www.e-a-a.org/sa.htm). The absence of a complete connection between bibliography and text makes impossible to understand the concept of the authors of “Unearthed” and what is the publication about although among the authors is even a Professor from San Francisco State University.

According to Vasilka Dimitrovka’s blog, “Neolithic Communities in the Republic of Macedonia” is a joint work by young authors, archaeologists Goce Naumov, Ljubo Fidanoski, Igor Tolevski and Aneta Ivkovska. It was promoted in the Museum of the City of Skopje on the 17th of November 2009. The book includes various aspects of Neolithic societies and Neolithic material culture processing large databases in order to present all segments of life in communities that have inhabited this region. Illustrated with photos and tables, plans, drawing of pottery, tools, jewelry, figurines, altars and imprints, this publication defines and presents the processes of Neolithization and social relations, as well as climate, relief, economy and visual culture manifested through agriculture, domestication, architecture, ceramics, rites and symbolic communication.

External links: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (ask for electronic version of “Unearthed”). – Arheoblog about archaeology of Macedonia.

From the abstract of a session organized by Goce Naumov at European Association of Archaeologists in Riva Del Garda, Trento, Italy

The body has been established as one of the primary mediums in which the essential beliefs and
principles of individuals, communities and societies are established and shared. Frequently,
complete or parts of human bodies are found associated with objects, thus emphasizing the
symbolic roles and functions that are linked to both the body and an object. There are a wide
range of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic objects and images dating from prehistory through to the
present day, which highlight the variety of contexts in which the body was incorporated and
combined with complex iconographic processes. Such processes involve the concepts of corporeal
hybridism (when human or animal body was joined with an object) or body substitutions (when an
utilitarian object represents body itself). These visual and physical representations go beyond the
simple portrayal of individuals or mythical characters. In addition, they highlight the variety and
complexity of relationships between aspects of the body and a particular object or objects and the
shared qualities that both these forms of material culture possess.

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