Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe

Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe

by Richard Bradley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415345510

ISBN-13: 9780415345514

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This fascinating study explores how our prehistoric ancestors developed rituals from everyday life and domestic activities. Richard Bradley contends that for much of the prehistoric period, ritual was not a distinct sphere of activity. Rather it was the way in which different features of the domestic world were played out until they took on qualities of theatrical…  See more details below

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This fascinating study explores how our prehistoric ancestors developed rituals from everyday life and domestic activities. Richard Bradley contends that for much of the prehistoric period, ritual was not a distinct sphere of activity. Rather it was the way in which different features of the domestic world were played out until they took on qualities of theatrical performance.

With extensive illustrated case-studies,
this book examines farming, craft production and the occupation of houses, all of which were ritualized in prehistoric Europe. Successive chapters discuss the ways in which ritual has been studied, drawing on a series of examples that range from Greece to Norway and from Romania to Portugal. They consider practices that extend from the Mesolithic period to the Early Middle Ages and discuss the ways in which ritual and domestic life were intertwined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415345514
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

1Death and the harvest : how archaeologists have distinguished between ritual and domestic life3
2The consecration of the house : how domestic buildings took on special qualities41
3A duty of care : how everyday activities assumed a special significance81
4A house with a pool : rituals and the materials of farming123
5Multiplication and division : the problem of utilitarian bronze hoards145
6The rites of separation : domestic rituals and public ritual in the Iron Age165
7What remains to be seen : some implications of the argument191

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