Friday, January 11, 2008

Reading Material

I received my first issue of Current Archaeology today. This was an indulgence brought about by the kids; annual magazine fundraiser campaign at school this past fall. I always use this as an opportunity to try magazines that I wouldn't otherwise try. Anthropology is another one of my passions, you see, so this was a natural fit for me. What makes it even more exciting is a book that was reviewed in this issue: Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing by Mary Beaudry.

I can't wait to read it ... I ordered it right away, you see. How could I not? The title grabs me with the double entendre in the word "Findings". To the non sewer, this would refer to the "findings" of a scientific study ... to those of us who sew, the tools of our trade/hobby/obsession! This book covers archaeological finds and provides a context that goes beyond the mending basket. I'll let you all know what I think of the book once it arrives and I start reading it. And yes, MB, I will loan it out when I am done!


Mary Beth said...

Whoa! Sounds like great fun and I'm ordering it right now. Thanks for sharing this news!

I'm happy you've subscribed to Current Archaeology and look forward to more tidbits from your readings.

rosanne said...

I love Beaudry's work! In my former life, I was supposed to be an historical archaeologist, so I was all about material culture. Beaudry is really great and has a wonderful perspective. Tell us about the article when you read it, please!