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Roman Cyborgs! On Significant Otherness, Material Absence, and Virtual Presence in the Archaeology of Roman Religion
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Mol E
  • Publisher:
    Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Publication date:
    22/07/2019
  • Pagination:
    1, 18
  • Journal:
    European Journal of Archaeology
  • Status:
    Published online
  • Print ISSN:
    1461-9571
  • Language:
    en
Abstract
In this article I explore different ways archaeologists can contribute to and learn from theorizing the digital world beyond the traditional functionalistic means of applying computational methods. I argue that current digital technologies can be a very constructive tool to create non-human experience and awareness. I pursue this argument by presenting ideas from a work-in-progress project experimenting with the post-human and the virtual, and by exploring significant otherness in Roman religion and the dark spots in human perception, through the analysis of an absent temple in Rome. Applying post-human philosophies and an expanded concept of virtuality beyond the digital makes it possible to change our approach to object/human/divine relations in Roman cults and how we present Roman heritage towards a post-humanist framework. Through this, digital archaeology can become one of the ways of re-examining and reinventing our ideas of the human, the past and the digital.
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