Things structure our lives. They enrich us, embellish us and express our hopes and fears. We express and understand our identities through clothing, cars and hobbies. We imagine place, history and political regimens through sculptures and paintings. Understanding how we interact with our material world can reveal unparalleled insights into what it is to be human.
Studies of material culture focus upon things not just as material objects, but also on how they reflect our meanings and uses. The shape of this new field is still emerging, but Cambridge research will be at the heart of it.Professor John Robb (Department of Archaeology), Professor Simon Goldhill (Faculty of Classics), Professor Ulinka Rublack (Faculty of History) and Professor Nicholas Thomas (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)