“Where does the matter-form structure have its origin – in the thingly character of the thing or in the workly character of the art work?”
Martin Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought (London: Harper & Row, 1971, 28)
Getting below the surface of objects and materials is crucial to improve understands of the sources and character of the raw materials used in making objects and structures, the technologies of production, and the physical representation of socially embedded properties that give meaning and power. Studies of use, trade, and exchange link together sources, production centres, and locales of consumption. Ceramics, glass, metal, and stone provide the focus for science-based archaeological studies of materials at Bournemouth.
Throughout, attention is directed towards the archaeological interpretation of the results from scientific analyses and the communication of these results to others.