BELIEF IN THE PAST: THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF RELIGION

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Left Coast Press, Jul 15, 2008 - Religion - 289 pages
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Human actions are often deeply intertwined with religion and can be understood in a strictly religious context. Yet, many volumes and articles pertaining to discussions of religion in the archaeological past have focused primarily on the sociopolitical implications of such remains. The authors in this volume argue that while these interpretations certainly have a meaningful place in understanding the human past, they provide only part of the picture. Because strictly religious contexts have often been ignored, this has resulted in an incomplete assessment of religious behavior in the past. This volume considers exciting new directions for considering an archaeology of religion, offering examples from theory, tangible archaeological remains, and ethnography.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
7
An Introduction David S Whitley and Kelley HaysGilpin
11
An Analytical Materialist Account J David LewisWilliams
23
3 Crosscultural and Biogenetic Perspectives on the Origins of Shamanism Michael Winkelman
43
Defining an Archaeology of Religion Elisabeth V Culley
67
First Steps in an Archaeology of Religion David S Whitley
85
The Prehistory of Central Asiansouth Siberian Shamanism Andrzej Rozwadowski
105
The Implications of Physical Evidence for Buddhist History Robert DeCaroli
119
Unpacking the Southern Cult and Mississippian Religion Thomas E Emerson and Timothy R Pauketat
167
Mountains Pools and Dry Ones Among Vendaspeaking Chiefdoms of Southern Africa Johannes H N Loubser
189
Religion and the Transition to Farming in Western Europe Chris Scarre
209
On the Trail of an Archaeology of Huntergatherer Belief Peter Jordan
227
14 Archaeology and Womens Ritual Business Kelley HaysGilpin
247
15 Traditional Knowledge Ritual Behavior And Contemporary Interpretations of the Archaeological Recordan Ojibwa Perspective Marķa Nieves Zed...
259
Index
275
About the Contributors
287

The Archaeology of Religion as Archaeology Lars Fogelin
129
Dramatic License in the Funerals of the Vikings Neil S Price
143

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David S. Whitley is a former member of the Council of Directors of the ICOMOS Committee on Rock Art and head of a contract archaeology firm. He has published extensively, conducted field work in several countries, and taught at the University of Witwatersrand and UCLA.Kelley Hays-Gilpin (Ph.D. Arizona 1992) is Associate Professor and Edward Bridge Danson Chair of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). She is assisting with the development of a Native American Museums Studies program for NAU and MNA. Hays-Gilpin s current research, undertaken in collaboration with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, explores Hopi history and culture from prehistory to present through cross-media comparison of style and iconography, visual and verbal metaphors, and gender arrangements. Her most recent book, Ambiguous Images: Gender and Rock Art, won the 2005 Society for American Archaeology Book Award.

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