Material Culture and Sacred Landscape

The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty

Author: Peter Jordan

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759116318

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 7214

Study of the Khanty pastoralists of Siberia and their use of sacred landscapes.

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Author: Timothy Insoll

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019923244X

Category: Religion

Page: 1108

View: 6974

A comprehensive overview, by period and region, of the archaeology of ritual and religion. The coverage is global, and extends from the earliest prehistory to modern times. Written by over sixty renowned specialists, the Handbook presents the very best in current scholarship, and will also stimulate further research.

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe

Author: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen,Olav Hammer,David Warburton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317544536

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 7333

"The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe" surveys the major religious currents of Europe before Christianity - the first continental religion with hegemonic ambition - wiped out most local religions. The evidence - whether archaeological or written - is notoriously difficult to interpret, and the variety of religions documented by the sources and the range of languages used are bewildering. The "Handbook" brings together leading authorities on pre-Christian religious history to provide a state-of-the-art survey. The first section of the book covers the Prehistoric period, from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age. The second section covers the period since writing systems began. Ranging across the Mediterranean and Northern, Celtic and Slavic Europe, the essays assess the archaeological and textual evidence. Dispersed archaeological remains and biased outside sources constitute our main sources of information, so the complex task of interpreting these traces is explained for each case. The "Handbook" also aims to highlight the plurality of religion in ancient Europe: the many ways in which it is expressed, notably in discourse, action, organization, and material culture; how it is produced and maintained by different people with different interests; how communities always connect with or disassociate from adjunct communities and how their beliefs and rituals are shaped by these relationships. The "Handbook" will be invaluable to anyone interested in ancient History and also to scholars and students of Religion, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Classical Studies.

Handbook of Archaeological Theories

Author: R. Alexander Bentley,Herbert D. G. Maschner,Christopher Chippindale

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759100336

Category: Social Science

Page: 590

View: 2995

This handbook, a companion to the authoritative Handbook of Archaeological Methods, gathers original, authoritative articles from leading archaeologists on all aspects of the latest thinking about archaeological theory. It is the definitive resource for understanding how to think about archaeology.

Slavic Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Europe

Page: N.A

View: 2055

Ethnic Groups of North, East, and Central Asia: An Encyclopedia

Author: James B. Minahan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610690184

Category: Social Science

Page: 345

View: 1345

Covering countries ranging from Afghanistan and China to Kazakhstan and Russia, this encyclopedia supplies detailed information and informed perspectives, enabling readers to comprehend Asian ethnic groups as well as Asian politics and history. • Provides readers with an understanding of Asia's many ethnic minorities, enabling a fuller comprehension of contemporary politics and economics in Asia and beyond • Presents information written in a clear, engaging, and accessible tone that is ideal for high school and undergraduate students as well as other readers with limited background knowledge about Asian ethnicities

Nomadic Peoples

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nomads

Page: N.A

View: 7542

Religion in the prehispanic Southwest

Author: Christine S. VanPool,Todd L. VanPool,David Atlee Phillips

Publisher: Altamira Pr


Category: History

Page: 264

View: 9057

Religion was as central in the day-to-day lives of prehistoric southwestern people just as it is in the lives of their descendants today. Examining the role of religion can help to explain architecture, pottery, agriculture, even commerce. But archaeologists have only recently developed the theoretical and methodological tools with which to study this topic. Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest marks the first book-length study of prehistoric religion in the region. Drawing on a rich array of empirical approaches, the contributors show the importance of understanding beliefs and ritual for a range of time periods and southwestern societies. For professional and avocational archaeologists, for religion scholars and students, Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest represents an important contribution.

International Migration Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Emigration and immigration

Page: N.A

View: 719

Quarterly journal on sociodemographic, economic, historical, political and legislative aspects of human migration and refugee movements. Each issue of IMR presents original articles, research and documentation notes, reports on key legislative developments - both national and international, an extensive bibliography and abstracting service, the International Sociological Association's International Newsletter on Migration, plus a scholarly review of new books in the field. IMR also offers annual special issues. Planned by the Editorial Board in conjunction with guest editors, each of these issues provides an extensive and comprehensive analysis of a single topic of emerging relevance in migration studies.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethnology

Page: N.A

View: 4928

Belief in the past

theoretical approaches to the archaeology of religion

Author: David S. Whitley,Kelley Hays-Gilpin

Publisher: Left Coast Pr


Category: Religion

Page: 289

View: 8584

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.

Annual Review of Anthropology

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Anthropology

Page: N.A

View: 1362

Annual compilation of critical articles from all areas of the discipline of anthropology.

Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Author: Robin Dunbar,Clive Gamble,John Gowlett

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Psychology

Page: 528

View: 4460

The series includes thematic volumes that stem from symposia specially convened to address particular subjects. --Book Jacket.

Making a Landscape Sacred

Outlying Churches and Icon Stands in Sphakia, Southwestern Crete

Author: Lucia Nixon

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: 9781842172063

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 1028

This book examines the landscape in southwestern Crete from AD 1000-2000, using a phenomenological approach. Specifically, the positioning of outlying churches (exokklisia) and icon stands (eikonostasia) around Sphakia is looked at, in terms of spatial and social reasoning. What is certainly clear, is that people choose the location of sacred buildings particularly carefully, so the locations themselves cannot be seen as random. Routes, resources and boundaries are all factors but primarily these locations are symbolic: such monuments mark, protect and preserve the memory of significant locations in the landscape.

Peopling the Mesolithic in a northern environment

Author: Lynne Bevan

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd


Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 6562

The majority of the 17 papers in this volume were presented as conference papers at the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference in 1999 at Cardiff, Wales, in the session Peopling the Mesolithic in a Northern Environment. The approach adopted was to investigate the social Mesolithic, a radical departure from traditional approaches to the period, which tends to focus on flint typologies rather than people. Many of the themes and debates raised by these papers have been discussed and argued at a number of subsequent conferences, sessions and day schools on reconstructing the social Mesolithic.


A Reader

Author: Graham Harvey

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415253291

Category: Religion

Page: 461

View: 5745

Shamanism has been practised amongst communities all over the world for millennia, and continues to survive today in both modern and ancient forms. Shamanism: A Reader unites perspectives from disciplines including anthropology, psychology, musicology, and botany to provide an unique overview of modern writing on shamanism. Juxtaposing the traditional practices of indigenous peoples with their new and often radically urban reinterpretations, experts including Michael Harner, Milhàly Hoppàl, Majorie M Balzer and Piers Vitebsky raise questions about constructions of shamanism, its efficacy, its use and misuse as a cultural symbol, and its real nature. Locating its material in the encounter between traditional and contemporary, and within many forms of response to the image of the shaman, Shamanism: A Reader is an essential tribute to the vitality and breadth of shamanic tradition both among its original practitioners of Europe, tribes of America and Asia, and within seemingly familiar aspects of the modern west. Representing the best of classic and current scholarship, and highlighting the diversity of approaches to shamanism in an accessible and user-friendly way, this clearly introduced and organized collection sets a new standard for shamanic study in terms of the breadth and depth of its coverage.

Karia and the Hekatomnids

the creation of a dynasty

Author: Anne Marie Carstens

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd


Category: History

Page: 168

View: 5831

On the specific level, this work is an enquiry into Karia (south-western Turkey) and the Hekatomnids in the 4th century BC, a Persian satrapy and its political strategies expressed in its state monuments. On the general level, this is a study of divine kingship, on the creation of a national or shared identity, on acculturation and colonialism: thereby also on globalization. The result may be characterized as an ethnological dissertation on a topic of ancient history elucidated through archaeological analyses. The monograph examines how the Hekatomnids created a successful and prosperous dynasty, providing a lesson on how to enact, stage, and maintain power, by an active use of style and cultural affiliations. It is a study of the formation of an iconography of royal ideology (in its broadest sense) in the Hekatomnid dynasty of the 4th century BC, exploring the nature of power, ethnicity, and acculturation. Above all, the study narrates the story from the perspective of Karia as Karian a landscape and people like other landscapes and peoples formed by its geographical, geopolitical, and cultural position.

Ethnoarchaeology and hunter-gatherers

pictures at an exhibition

Author: Kathryn Jane Fewster,Marek Zvelebil

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd


Category: Social Science

Page: 157

View: 8602