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date: 25 March 2019

(p. xvii) Acknowledgements

(p. xvii) Acknowledgements

Any scholarly endeavour is a collaborative effort, but this is even more the case with a volume such as this. First in any acknowledgements for this book must come our 34 contributing authors, to whom we are indebted for their excellent chapters, their accommodation of our comments and requests, and their speedy replies that kept up the momentum of the editorial process for such a large book.

We are also grateful to our commissioning editor at OUP, Hilary O'Shea, for the initial idea for this book, and for her patience as we delivered it. Lisa Hill and Sefryn Penrose played an invaluable role in assisting with the proof reading of the manuscript.

As the volume took shape and developed, we benefited greatly from discussions with and comments from a range of colleagues. Sometimes these were in relation to specific issues that arose during the editorial process, while sometimes they had a more oblique connection to the project, but in all cases they played a central role in forming the end product. Special thanks here, in addition to our contributors, are due to Michael Archer, Jeremy Coote, Inge Daniels, Paul Dresch, Matt Edgeworth, Duncan Garrow, Roberta Gilchrist, Henry Glassie, Chris Gosden, Tim Ingold, Kristian Kristiansen, Danny Miller, Simon Naylor, Mike Pearson, Richard Wentworth, Laurie Wilkie, Chris Wingfield, and Tom Yarrow.

The volume is dedicated to Mike O'Hanlon (DH) and to the memory of James Deetz (MCB), for their hastening towards what matters, and thus into the midst of things: semper ad eventum festinat, et in medias res.

Finally, thanks are also due to the undergraduate and postgraduate students in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art History who took the Material Culture Studies option paper at Oxford University in 2007–8 and 2008–9, for enduring earlier drafts of the arguments put forward in Chapters 1 and 2.

Dan Hicks, Pitt Rivers Museum, May 2009