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The Archaeology of Ancestors

Death, Memory, and Veneration

The Archaeology of Ancestors by Hill/Hageman;  Jon B Hageman
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Contributors to this landmark volume demonstrate that ancestor veneration was about much more than claiming property rights: the spirits of the dead were central to domestic disputes, displays of wealth, and power and status relationships. Case studies from China, Africa, Europe, and Mesoamerica use the evidence of art, architecture, ritual, and burial practices to explore the complex roles of ancestors in the past. Including a comprehensive overview of nearly two hundred years of anthropological research, The Archaeology of Ancestors reveals how and why societies remember and revere the dead. Through analyses of human remains, ritual deposits, and historical documents, contributors explain how ancestors were woven into the social fabric of the living.
University Press of Florida; March 2016
273 pages; ISBN 9780813055756
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Title: The Archaeology of Ancestors
Author: Hill/Hageman; Jon B Hageman