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The Mobile Phone in Late Medieval Culture

John Robb

Cite this as: Robb, J. 2021 The Mobile Phone in Late Medieval Culture, Internet Archaeology 56.


This is an historical meditation - an essay on material culture and how humans relate to it. It is written as a science fiction piece, taking the form of a plenary address to a Material Culture conference sometime in the future. Mobile phones are well on their way to becoming universal devices and this playful essay explores ideas concerning the consequences of the mobile phone for humans, our relations with technology and our evolution.

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  • Keywords: material culture theory, technology, evolution, mobile phone, science fiction
  • Accepted: 27 April 2021. Published: 14 June 2021
  • Funding: This article has been funded by Peterhouse, Cambridge
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Corresponding author: John RobbORCID logo
Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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