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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Professor Robin Skeates

Skeates, R. (2008). Making sense of the Maltese Temple Period: An Archaeology of Sensory Experience and Perception. Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture 1(2): 207-238.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper attempts to formulate a culturally specific sensory inventory of the Maltese islandscape during the distinctive Temple Period (c. 3400-2500BC), with particular reference to the sensory stimuli and constraints of three dynamic types of place on the islands (houses, caves, and temples), in order to explore the islanders' full-bodied experiences and perceptions of their lived-in world, and to add to our understanding of their sensational Temple Culture, which is characterized here in terms of embodied social production, ritualization, and ordering.