The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Hardcover | November 4, 2011

EditorTimothy Insoll

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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion provides a comprehensive 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 archaeologicalinvestigations of ritual and religion, by necessity ideas and evidence from other disciplines are also included, among them anthropology, ethnography, religious studies, and history. The Handbook covers 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, chapters focus upon relevant themes, ranging from landscape to death, from taboo to water, from genderto rites of passage, from ritual to fasting and feasting. Written by over sixty specialists, renowned in their respective fields, the Handbook presents the very best in current scholarship, and will serve both as a comprehensive introduction to its subject and as a stimulus to furtherresearch.

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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion provides a comprehensive 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 archaeologicalinvestigations of ritual and religion, by necessity ...

Timothy Insoll is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1102 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:November 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Timothy Insoll: Introduction: Ritual and Religion in Archaeological PerspectiveI. Elements and Expression1. Chris Scarre: Monumentality2. Randi Haaland and Gunnar Haaland: Landscape3. Terje Oestigard: Water4. Anders Kaliff: Fire5. Amy Gazin-Schwartz: Myth and Folklore6. Terje Oestigard: Cosmogony7. Tim Taylor: Death8. Nicky Milner: Taboo9. Marc Verhoeven: The Many Dimensions of Ritual10. Chris Fowler: Personhood and the Body11. Timothy Insoll: Sacrifice12. Randall McGuire and Reinhard Bernbeck: Ideology13. Michael Dietler: Feasting and Fasting14. Sarah Milledge Nelson: Gender and Religion in Archaeology15. Yannis Hamilakis: Archaeologies of the Senses16. Timothy Clack: Syncretism and Religious Fusion17. Olivier P. Gosselain: Technology18. Paul Garwood: Rites of Passage19. Zoe Crossland: The Archaeology of Contemporary Conflict20. David S. Whitley: Rock Art, Religion and RitualII. Prehistoric European Ritual and Religion21. Paul Pettitt: Religion and Ritual in the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic22. Paul Bahn: Religion and Ritual in the Upper Palaeolithic23. Chantal Conneller: The Mesolithic24. Julian Thomas: Ritual and Religion in the Neolithic25. Joanna Bruck: Fire, Earth, Water: An Elemental Cosmography of the European Bronze Age26. Jody Joy: The Iron AgeIII. Religion and Ritual in World Prehistory27. Timothy Insoll: Sub-Saharan Africa28. Lukas Nickel: The Prehistory of Religion in China29. Simon Kaner: The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago30. Charles Higham: Ritual and Religion in Southeast Asia31. Bruno David: Historicising Cosmologies in Australia and Papua New Guinea (Historicising Cosmologies in Australia and Papua New Guinea32. Paul Rainbird: Pacific and New Zealand33. Peter Roe: Walking Upside-Down and Backwards: Art and Religion in the Ancient Caribbean34. Rosemary Joyce: Recognizing Religion in Mesoamerican Archaeology: Maya35. Michael E. Smith: Aztecs36. Kevin Lane: Inca37. Jeffrey Quilter: Moche Religion38. Kelley Hays-Gilpin: North America: Pueblos39. James Vernon Knight: North America: Eastern Woodlands40. Roy L. Carlson: The North American Northwest Coast Religious System: Coastal Northwest41. Brian Robinson: Ritual and Archaeological Visibility in the Far Northeast of North AmericaIV. Religion and Cult of the Old World42. Colin Renfrew: Prehistoric Religions in the Aegean43. Julia Kindt: Ancient Greece44. Tom Rasmussen: Etruscan Ritual and Religion45. Anna Stevens: Egypt46. Richard Hingley: Rome: Imperial and Local Religions47. Caroline Malone and Simon Stoddart: Maltese Prehistoric Religion48. Michael J. Seymour: Mesopotamia49. Marc Verhoeven: Retrieving the Supernatural: Ritual and Religion in the Prehistoric Levant50. Daniel Potts: Iran51. Karina Croucher: Anatolia52. Anders Andren: Old Norse and Germanic Religion53. Martin Welch: Pre-Christian Practices in the Anglo-Saxon World54. Tonno Jonuks: The Archaeology of Baltic ReligionsV. Archaeology of World Religions55. Aaron A. Burke: The Archaeology of Ritual and Religion in Ancient Israel and the Levant, and the Origins of Judaism56. James F. Strange: The Archaeology of Judaism from the Persian Period to the Sixth Century AD57. Namita Sugandhi and Kathleen Morrison: Archaeology of Hinduism58. Robin Coningham: Buddhism59. Sam Turner: Christianity60. Andrew Petersen: IslamVI. Archaeology of Indigenous and New Religions61. Neil Price: Shamanism62. Timothy Insoll: Animism and Totemism63. Jenny Blain: Neo-Shamanism: Pagan and 'Neo-Shamanic' Interactions with Archaeology64. Aleks Pluskowski: Druidism and Neo-Paganism65. Timothy Insoll: Ancestor Cults66. Pierre de Maret: Divine Kings