The object of my affection: attachment security and material culture

Posted on 19 March 2018

York archaeologists publish new research into how objects affect us emotionally

The Stonehenge pig ‘toy’. Length 55mm. (Adam Stanford © Aerial-Cam Ltd, SRP 2008.)
 
Researchers from the Department of Archaeology have published a new paper on the power of objects on human emotional wellbeing.
 
Taryn Bell and Penny Spikins argue that archaeologists should pay attention to the significance of "attachment objects" in the past. Attachment objects, from childrens' teddy bears to cherished possessions carefully cared for as adults, can improve our emotional wellbeing, increasing our sense of security and providing comfort. See their new paper for details. 
 
Read the paper in Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture at https://doi.org/10.1080/1751696X.2018.1433355