A Peircean Analysis of Bucrania at Catalhoyuk

Author(s): Jill Marcum

Year: 2015


This paper attempts an analysis of the bucrania at Catalhoyuk from the perspective of Peirce's semiotic. The spatial situation of bucrania is one of entanglement. Peirce's triadic relation emphasizes the being-in-the-world-ness of the sign, and his synechism, the continuum of signs. Using this multidirectionality, the indexical nature of the skulls is explored, including the immediate contiguity of man and beast, the various interpretants and intersubjective effects of structural space, and the distribution of agency. Spatial perception, phenomenology of place, and capacity for Firstness, are taken as valid referants of inference and abductive suggestion.

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A Peircean Analysis of Bucrania at Catalhoyuk. Jill Marcum. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398251)

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;