Cult in Context

Cult in Context

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Gods, deities, symbolism, deposition, cosmology and intentionality are all features of the study of early ritual and cult. Archaeology has great difficulties in providing satisfactory interpretation or recognition of these elusive but important parts of ancient society, and methodologies are often poorly equipped to explore the evidence. This collection of papers explores a wide range of prehistoric and early historic archaeological contexts from Britain, Europe and beyond, where monuments, architectural structures, megaliths, art, caves, ritual activity and symbolic remains offer exciting glimpses into ancient belief systems and cult behaviour. Different theoretical and practical approaches are demonstrated, offering both new directions and considered conclusions to the many problems of studying the archaeology of cult and ritual. Central to the volume is an exploration of early Malta and its intriguing Temple Culture, set in a broad perspective by the discussion and theoretical approaches presented in different geographical and chronological contexts.The earliest well-defined human use of caves in Malta can be assigned to the period dated to between around 5200 and 4400 ... several phalanges, some metacarpal and metatarsal bones; some bones of cow, pig, sheep/goat and red deer; three ... a 3.2 cm high a#39;terracotta bulla#39;s heada#39; (probably part of a zoomorphic vessel handle - Evans 1959, 47), with schematic but ... John Evans (1959, 62, 135-6) wrote of an ancestor cult, originally brought from Sicily by the first colonizers of Malta, anbsp;...

Title:Cult in Context
Author: David A. Barrowclough, Caroline Malone
Publisher:Oxbow Books Limited - 2007

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