One World Archaeology

Archaeology of Spiritualities

Editors: Rountree, Kathryn, Morris, Christine, Peatfield, Alan A. D. (Eds.)

  • Explores the experience of religion as embodied in physical artifacts
  • Contains case studies drawn from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • Discusses archaeological examples from both the major Judeo-Christian religions as well as smaller, indigenous religions
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Archaeology of Spiritualties provides a fresh exploration of the interface between archaeology and religion/spirituality. Archaeological approaches to the study of religion have typically and often unconsciously, drawn on western paradigms, especially Judaeo-Christian (mono) theistic frameworks and academic rationalisations. Archaeologists have rarely reflected on how these approaches have framed and constrained their choices of methodologies, research questions, hypotheses, definitions, interpretations and analyses and have neglected an important dimension of religion: the human experience of the numinous - the power, presence or experience of the supernatural.

Within the religions of many of the world’s peoples, sacred experiences – particularly in relation to sacred landscapes and beings connected with those landscapes – are often given greater emphasis, while doctrine and beliefs are relatively less important. Archaeology of Spiritualities asks how such experiences might be discerned in the archaeological record; how do we recognize and investigate ‘other’ forms of religious or spiritual experience in the remains of the past?.

The volume opens up a space to explore critically and reflexively the encounter between archaeology and diverse cultural expressions of spirituality. It showcases experiential and experimental methodologies in this area of the discipline, an unconventional approach within the archaeology of religion. Thus Archaeology of Spiritualities offers a unique, timely and innovative contribution, one that is also challenging and stimulating. It is a great resource to archaeologists, historians, religious scholars and others interested in cultural and religious heritage.

About the authors

Kathryn Rountree is an Associate Professor at the Social Anthropology Programme, School of People, Environment and Planning, at Massey University, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Christine Morris is the Andrew A. David Senior Lecturer in Greek Archaeology and History in the Department of Classics, in the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin.

Alan A. D. Peatfield is a College Lecturer at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Spirituality of Prehistoric Societies: A View from the Irish Megaliths

    O’Sullivan, Muiris

    Pages 3-23

  • Fragmentary Ancestors? Medicine, Bodies, and Personhood in a Koma Mound, Northern Ghana

    Insoll, Timothy (et al.)

    Pages 25-45

  • Negotiating Archaeology/Spirituality: Pagan Engagements with the Prehistoric Past in Britain

    Blain, Jenny (et al.)

    Pages 47-68

  • Spirituality and the Material World in Post-Medieval Europe

    Herva, Vesa-Pekka

    Pages 71-85

  • Breath and Being: Contextualizing Object Persons at Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico

    VanPool, Christine S. (et al.)

    Pages 87-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeology of Spiritualities
Editors
  • Kathryn Rountree
  • Christine Morris
  • Alan A. D. Peatfield
Series Title
One World Archaeology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-3354-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-3354-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-3353-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9640-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 277
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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