Religion In The Emergence Of Civilization

Author : Ian Hodder
ISBN : 9781139492171
Genre : Social Science
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This book presents an interdisciplinary study of the role of spirituality and religious ritual in the emergence of complex societies. Involving an eminent group of natural scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and theologians, this volume examines Çatalhöyük as a case study. A nine-thousand-year old town in central Turkey, Çatalhöyük was first excavated in the 1960s and has since become integral to understanding the symbolic and ritual worlds of the early farmers and village-dwellers in the Middle East. It is thus an ideal location for exploring theories about the role of religion in early settled life. This book provides a unique overview of current debates concerning religion and its historical variations. Through exploration of themes including the integration of the spiritual and the material, the role of belief in religion, the cognitive bases for religion, and religion's social roles, this book situates the results from Çatalhöyük within a broader understanding of the Neolithic in the Middle East.
Category: Social Science

Religion At Work In A Neolithic Society

Author : Ian Hodder
ISBN : 9781107729766
Genre : Social Science
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This book tackles the topic of religion, a broad subject exciting renewed interest across the social and historical sciences. The volume is tightly focused on the early farming village of Çatalhöyük, which has generated much interest both within and outside of archaeology, especially for its contributions to the understanding of early religion. The volume discusses contemporary themes such as materiality, animism, object vitality, and material dimensions of spirituality while at the same time exploring broad evolutionary changes in the ways in which religion has influenced society. The volume results from a unique collaboration between an archaeological team and a range of specialists in ritual and religion.
Category: Social Science

Religion Material Culture And Archaeology

Author : Julian Droogan
ISBN : 9781441163332
Genre : Religion
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Religion, Material Culture and Archaeology offers a new understanding of the materiality of religion. By drawing on the field of archaeological theory and method, the relationship between religion and material culture is explored. It is argued that the material elements of religious life have been largely neglected by the discipline of religious studies, while at the same time religion has been traditionally seen as problematic for archaeologists. Why do we not talk of the discipline of the archaeology of religion, in the same way we do the anthropology of religion, or the sociology of religion? The volume considers the historical problems of approaching the material elements of religious life and bridges the methodological gap between religious studies and archaeology by proposing a new way of understanding the materiality of religion – as active, engaged and projecting a level of autonomous social agency. Finally, the critical examination of archaeological approaches to the materiality of religion is furthered through the consideration of non-archaeological ways of examining the social roles that material culture plays in human life.
Category: Religion

Auditory Archaeology

Author : Steve Mills
ISBN : 9781315433394
Genre : Social Science
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Auditory archaeology considers the potential contribution of everyday, mundane and unintentional sounds in the past and how these may have been significant to people. Steve Mills explores ways of examining evidence to identify intentionality with respect to the use of sound, drawing on perception psychology as well as soundscape and landscape studies of various kinds. His methodology provides a flexible and widely applicable set of elements that can be adapted for use in a broad range of archaeological and heritage contexts. The outputs of this research form the case studies of the Teleorman River Valley in Romania, Çatalhöyük in Turkey, and West Penwith, a historical site in the UK.This fascinating volume will help archaeologists and others studying human sensory experiences in the past and present.
Category: Social Science

Ancestors Territoriality And Gods

Author : Ina Wunn
ISBN : 9783662527573
Genre : Religion
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This books sets out to explain how and why religion came into being. Today this question is as fascinating as ever, especially since religion has moved to the centre of socio-political relationships. In contrast to the current, but incomplete approaches from disciplines such as cognitive science and psychology, the present authors adopt a new approach, equally manifest and constructive, that explains the origins of religion based strictly on behavioural biology. They employ accepted research results that remove all need for speculation. Decisive factors for the earliest demonstrations of religion are thus territorial behaviour and ranking, coping with existential fears, and conflict solution with the help of rituals. These in turn, in a process of cultural evolution, are shown to be the roots of the historical and contemporary religions.
Category: Religion

The Routledge Companion To Contemporary Anthropology

Author : Simon Coleman
ISBN : 9781317590675
Genre : Social Science
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The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is an invaluable guide and major reference source for students and scholars alike, introducing its readers to key contemporary perspectives and approaches within the field. Written by an experienced international team of contributors, with an interdisciplinary range of essays, this collection provides a powerful overview of the transformations currently affecting anthropology. The volume both addresses the concerns of the discipline and comments on its construction through texts, classroom interactions, engagements with various publics, and changing relations with other academic subjects. Persuasively demonstrating that a number of key contemporary issues can be usefully analyzed through an anthropological lens, the contributors cover important topics such as globalization, law and politics, collaborative archaeology, economics, religion, citizenship and community, health, and the environment. The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology is a fascinating examination of this lively and constantly evolving discipline.
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Author : Barbara Brandt
ISBN : 3901232613
Genre : Greece
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The Amorium Mint And The Coin Finds

Author : Constantina Katsari
ISBN : 9783050058290
Genre : History
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This volume is devoted to the numismatic evidence from the ancient and mediaeval city of Amorium in central Anatolia (Turkey). Section 1 discusses the city mint of Amorium, illustrated by a chronological and typological catalogue of known specimens. Sections 2 and 3 are a catalogue of some 730 coins that have been found at the site between 1987 and 2006. The finds confirm the city's enduring importance as the capital of the Anatolic Theme.
Category: History

Hellenistische Terrakotten Aus Amisos

Author : Lâtife Summerer
ISBN : 3515074090
Genre : Social Science
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In ihrer Munchener Dissertation hat die Autorin alle Terrakotten aus Amisos, dieser an Traditionen reichen antiken Hafenstadt an der Sudkuste des Schwarzen Meeres, zusammengestellt, kommentiert und in den Rahmen der pontisch-kleinasiatischen Kunstgeschichte unter Berucksichtigung anderer Kunstgattungen wie der Keramik, Bronzen, Munzen, Marmorplastiken und des musivischen Materials eingeordnet. Ein wesentlicher Beitrag zur Kulturgeschichte Kleinasiens und des Schwarzmeergebietes. "Fur die umfassende, exemplarische Vorlage und Aufschlusselung und die umsichtige Bewertung des grossen, noch kaum bekannten Materialkomplexes kann man nur dankbar sein." Thetis
Category: Social Science