The Ritual Killing and Burial of Animals: European Perspectives (Hardback)Aleksander Pluskowski (editor)
Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 15/11/2011
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The killing and burial of animals in ritualistic contexts is encountered across Europe from Prehistory through to the historical period. This volume presents the state of research across Europe to illustrate how comparable interpretative frameworks are used by archaeologists working with both prehistoric and historical societies. Key questions include: How easy is it to identify ritually killed animals in the archaeological record? Can we tell if an animal has been killed specifically for such a purpose? Is it possible to reconstruct the rites associated with their deposition? What insights can be gained about the religious paradigms and ritual systems of the societies engaged in animal sacrifice? Together, the 16 papers represent a snapshot of the current state of research on this fundamental, recurring and spectacular aspect of human societies in the past.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 246 x 188 x 23 mm
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