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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Edited by Timothy Insoll

Volume 1, issue Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232444.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion provides an overview by period and region of the relevant archaeological material in relation to theory, methodology, definition, and practice. Although, as the title indicates, the focus is upon archaeological investigations of ritual and religion, by necessity ideas and evidence from other disciplines are also included, among them anthropology, ethnography, religious studies, and history. The text has a global span — Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the Americas — and reaches from the earliest prehistory (the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic) to modern times. In addition, articles focus upon relevant themes, ranging from landscape to death, from taboo to water, from gender to rites of passage, from ritual to fasting and feasting.

Keywords: archaeological material; theory; methodology; archaeological investigations; landscape; death; taboo; water; gender; rites of passage

Book.  1134 pages. 

Subjects: Archaeology

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Introduction: Ritual and Religion in Archaeological Perspective in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Monumentality in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Landscape in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Water in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Fire in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Myth and Folklore in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Cosmogony in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Death in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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Taboo in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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The Many Dimensions of Ritual in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

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