Jenny Blain

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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This article discusses the ways in which neo-shamanisms intersect with archaeology. Neo-shamanic practitioners engage with artifacts and places; they may be critical of archaeologists as ‘grave robbers’ and draw inspiration from cultures elsewhere that have expressed criticism of excavation: yet many artifacts and understandings come from studies of grave goods. Concepts of communication, of discussing excavation needs with ancestors, and of multiple ways of showing respect inform neo-shamanic practices and interactions with archaeology.

Keywords: neo-shamanisms; archaeology; religion; artifacts; graves

Article.  7015 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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