Finding Ritual: Calibrating the Evidence

Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2007) Finding Ritual: Calibrating the Evidence. In: The Archaeology of Ritual. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology , United States pp. 9-22. ISBN 9781931745482. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper draws attention to the challenges archaeologists face in the study of ritual evidence. Issues include the similarity of individual rituals within a system, the common use of one space for the performance of multiple rituals, the disjunction between ritual practice and belief, the inseparability of the ritual and the mundane spheres, and the finding of ritual items in secondary contexts. An awareness of the potential complications in the archaeological record, and of the need to calibrate the evidence, should facilitate secure attributions of ritual activity in archaeology.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Evangelos Kyriakidis
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2008 16:01
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 15:16
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