chaîne opératoire

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Literally, operational sequence; the term was introduced by the French anthropologist André Leroi‐Gourhan in 1966 to provide a theory of technical processes in which technical acts were also social acts. In it he emphasized the importance of the human body as an expression and a source of meaning, power, symbol, and action. The actions carried out in making something may, quite literally, speak louder than words or the message conveyed by the final product.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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