An Anthropology of Goods in Mediterranean Europe, 1330-1450

Daniel Smail, Seminar in Cultural History
January 30, 2013

In this talk, Daniel Smail will present the preliminary results of his current research involving approximately one hundred household inventories from the city of Marseille between 1330 and 1450. These inventories have yielded a database of some 5,000 objects, many of them organized by room. These objects can be treated as word-things that complement the dirt-things uncovered by conventional archaeological techniques. Smail will highlight patterns of capital and emotional investment in material objects. Part of the Seminar in Cultural History Semiar Series at the Bard Graduate Center.

Daniel Smail is Professor of History at Harvard University.

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