Belief in the Past: Theoretical Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion

1st Edition

David S Whitley, Kelley Hays-Gilpin

Routledge
Published July 15, 2008
Reference - 290 Pages
ISBN 9781598743425 - CAT# Y288421

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Summary

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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