Material Culture and Sacred Landscape

The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty
Author: Peter Jordan
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759116318
Category: Religion
Page: 336
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Study of the Khanty pastoralists of Siberia and their use of sacred landscapes.

The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe


Author: Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen,Olav Hammer,David Warburton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317544536
Category: Social Science
Page: 512
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"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.

Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology


Author: Eleanor Harrison-Buck,Julia A. Hendon
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607327473
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology explores the benefits and consequences of archaeological theorizing on and interpretation of the social agency of nonhumans as relational beings capable of producing change in the world. The volume cross-examines traditional understanding of agency and personhood, presenting a globally diverse set of case studies that cover a range of cultural, geographical, and historical contexts. Agency (the ability to act) and personhood (the reciprocal qualities of relational beings) have traditionally been strictly assigned to humans. In case studies from Ghana to Australia to the British Isles and Mesoamerica, contributors to this volume demonstrate that objects, animals, locations, and other nonhuman actors also potentially share this ontological status and are capable of instigating events and enacting change. This kind of other-than-human agency is not a one-way transaction of cause to effect but requires an appropriate form of reciprocal engagement indicative of relational personhood, which in these cases, left material traces detectable in the archaeological record. Modern dualist ontologies separating objects from subjects and the animate from the inanimate obscure our understanding of the roles that other-than-human agents played in past societies. Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology challenges this essentialist binary perspective. Contributors in this volume show that intersubjective (inherently social) ways of being are a fundamental and indispensable condition of all personhood and move the debate in posthumanist scholarship beyond the polarizing dichotomies of relational versus bounded types of persons. In this way, the book makes a significant contribution to theory and interpretation of personhood and other-than-human agency in archaeology. Contributors: Susan M. Alt, Joanna Brück, Kaitlyn Chandler, Erica Hill, Meghan C. L. Howey, Andrew Meirion Jones, Matthew Looper, Ian J. McNiven, Wendi Field Murray, Timothy R. Pauketat, Ann B. Stahl, Maria Nieves Zedeño

Handbook of Archaeological Theories


Author: R. Alexander Bentley,Herbert D. G. Maschner,Christopher Chippindale
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780759100336
Category: Social Science
Page: 590
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Europe
Page: N.A
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Nomadic Peoples


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nomads
Page: N.A
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Ethnic Groups of North, East, and Central Asia: An Encyclopedia


Author: James B. Minahan
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610690184
Category: Social Science
Page: 345
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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

Religion in the prehispanic Southwest


Author: Christine S. VanPool,Todd L. VanPool,David Atlee Phillips
Publisher: Altamira Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 264
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Emigration and immigration
Page: N.A
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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.

Anthropos


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ethnology
Page: N.A
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Mémoires de la Société finno-ougrienne


Author: Suomalais-ugrilainen Seura
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Finno-Ugrians
Page: N.A
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Belief in the past

theoretical approaches to the archaeology of religion
Author: David S. Whitley,Kelley Hays-Gilpin
Publisher: Left Coast Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 289
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Anthropology
Page: N.A
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Psychology
Page: 528
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The series includes thematic volumes that stem from symposia specially convened to address particular subjects. --Book Jacket.

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Anthropology
Page: N.A
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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
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 188
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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.

Karia and the Hekatomnids

the creation of a dynasty
Author: Anne Marie Carstens
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 168
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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
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 157
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Shamanism

A Reader
Author: Graham Harvey
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415253291
Category: Religion
Page: 461
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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.