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By Muiris O’Sullivan (auth.), Kathryn Rountree, Christine Morris, Alan A. D. Peatfield (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1461433533

ISBN-13: 9781461433538

ISBN-10: 1461433541

ISBN-13: 9781461433545

Archaeology of Spiritualties provides a clean exploration of the interface among archaeology and religion/spirituality. Archaeological methods to the research of faith have in most cases and sometimes unconsciously, drawn on western paradigms, particularly Judaeo-Christian (mono) theistic frameworks and educational rationalisations. Archaeologists have not often mirrored on how those techniques have framed and limited their offerings of methodologies, learn questions, hypotheses, definitions, interpretations and analyses and feature ignored a big size of faith: the human adventure of the numinous - the ability, presence or adventure of the supernatural.

Within the religions of the various world’s peoples, sacred reviews – rather when it comes to sacred landscapes and beings hooked up with these landscapes – are usually given larger emphasis, whereas doctrine and ideology are really less significant. Archaeology of Spiritualities asks how such stories could be discerned within the archaeological list; how will we realize and examine ‘other’ kinds of non secular or religious event within the is still of the past?.

The quantity opens up an area to discover significantly and reflexively the stumble upon among archaeology and various cultural expressions of spirituality. It showcases experiential and experimental methodologies during this quarter of the self-discipline, an unconventional procedure in the archaeology of faith. therefore Archaeology of Spiritualities offers a different, well timed and cutting edge contribution, person who can also be tough and stimulating. it's a nice source to archaeologists, historians, spiritual students and others drawn to cultural and spiritual heritage.

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Death is a major transition point beyond which the personhood of an individual is replaced by an increasingly generalized memory or a legend. Perhaps the transformation and massing of the human bone in Passage Tombs is a reflection of this generalization process. Here we come close to the intangible communal spirituality of Passage Tomb society. If only we knew what it all means! In Passage Tombs the human remains were consistently accompanied by a distinctive array of artefacts. The most obvious were pottery vessels, round-bottomed bowls known as Carrowkeel Ware, a coarsely gritted fabric decorated all over with arcs of stab-and-drag ornament.

Finally, in recent years, it was the iconic status of Tara that enabled the campaign against the construction of the M3 motorway to gather momentum. Bearing in mind the evolving role of Tara from Middle Neolithic to modern times, the question of its significance during the Early Neolithic and preceding Mesolithic era needs to be considered. As noted earlier, Mesolithic societies did not build monuments, so that their spirituality is reflected very dimly in the archaeological record as we know it.

Again the symbolism of their usage in Passage Tombs is lost but the appropriation of traits normally associated with the human person for re-working in ceremonial structures betrays the importance of this right–left dichotomy in Neolithic society. It is sometimes seen as a by-product of dividing the world (axis mundi) by means of the axis through the length of the tomb. The interplay between opposites might also be seen in the different human experiences associated with the inside of the chamber by comparison with the outside world: an ominous mix of silence, darkness and claustrophobia removed from everyday sensory dynamics.

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