Excavating Pilgrimage: Archaeological Approaches to Sacred Travel and Movement in the Ancient World

1st Edition

Troels Myrup Kristensen, Wiebke Friese

Published February 16, 2017
Reference - 292 Pages - 73 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781472453907 - CAT# Y255947
Series: Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage, Religious Travel and Tourism

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This volume sheds new light on the significance and meaning of material culture for the study of pilgrimage in the ancient world, focusing in particular on Classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity. It thus discusses how archaeological evidence can be used to advance our understanding of ancient pilgrimage and ritual experience. The volume brings together a group of scholars who explore some of the rich archaeological evidence for sacred travel and movement, such as the material footprint of different activities undertaken by pilgrims, the spatial organization of sanctuaries and the wider catchment of pilgrimage sites, as well as the relationship between architecture, art and ritual. Contributions also tackle both methodological and theoretical issues related to the study of pilgrimage, sacred travel and other types of movement to, from and within sanctuaries through case studies stretching from the first millennium BC to the early medieval period.

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