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Archaeology of Religion Cultures and Their Beliefs in Worldwide Context

ISBN-10: 1598741543
ISBN-13: 9781598741544
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Method, Theory, and the Study of Religion
Introduction The Archaeology of Religion
Why Archaeology and Why Religion?
Ethics, Archaeology, and Religion
Cultures and their Beliefs in Worldwide Context
Anthropology and the Study of Religion
Defining Religion
Early Anthropology and the Origins of Religion
New Views in the Twentieth Century
Contemporary Anthropological Theories
Interpreting Religion in the Archaeological Past
Cosmology, Myth, and Ritual
Supernatural Beings and Religious Specialists
Method and Theory in the Archaeology of Religion
Interpreting Beliefs in Worldwide Context
Conclusion
The Emergence of Religion in Human Culture
The World of the Shaman
The Nature of the Shaman
The Shaman's Tools
Finding Shamans in the Archaeological Record
The First Spark of Religion: The Neanderthals
Human Evolution: Homo Erectus, Neanderthals, and Modern Humans
Who Were the Neanderthals?
Neanderthal Sites in Europe and Western Asia: Rituals in Caves?
Conclusion: Did the Neanderthals Really Have Religion?
Rock Art and Ritual in Africa and Australia
Cultures of the Kalahari
Southern African Rock Art
Religion and Rock Art in Australia
Stone Monuments, Rock Art, and Dreamtime
Engraved Rock Art
Painted Rock Art of North and Northwestern Australia
Conclusion
Religions in the Americas
The Mound-Building Cultures of North America
Foraging, Agriculture, and Trade
The Hopewell Culture
The Mississippian Culture
Conclusion
Puebloan Cultures of the American Southwest
The Hisatsinom (Anasazi)-Early Settlement
Chaco Canyon and Pueblo Bonito
Mesoamerica and the Religions of Empire
Prelude to the Aztecs
The Aztecs
Conclusion
Lords and Maidens: Religions of South America
An Early Andean Center: Chavin De Hu�ntar
Precursor to the Inka: The Moche and the Nasca
A Patchwork of Andean Kingdoms
The Inka Empire
Conclusion
Religions in Europe
Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic Europe: From Cave to Village
Upper Paleolithic Cave Art
Female Figurines in the Upper Paleolithic
Neolithic Europe
Conclusion
Megaliths and Power in Ancient Western Europe
Pre-Megalithic Northwestern Europe
The Culture of Megaliths
The Long Barrow Builders
Why Build Megalithic Monuments?
Conclusion
Religions in South and Southeast Asia
From Harappans to Hinduism and Beyond: Religions in South Asia
South Asia Today
The Harappan Civilization
The End of Harappan Civilization and the Arrival of the Indo-Aryans
Harappans, Indo-Aryans, and the Rise of Hinduism
Classical-Period Hinduism and the Origins of Buddhism
From Hunter-Gatherer to Empire: Religions in Southeast Asia
Neolithic Hunter-Gatherers and Bronze Age Farmers
The Arrival of Hinduism and Buddhism in Southeast Asia
The Iron Age and the Rise of Empires
The Khmer Empire: Royal Religion and the Power of Kings
Religions in Africa and the Middle East
Religion and Empire in Egypt and Great Zimbabwe
Ancient Egypt
The Great Zimbabwe Kingdom
Ancient Sumer and Religions in Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Sumer and the Religion of Mesopotamia
The Akkadian Empire
Sumer, Akkad, and the Power of Religion
Levantine Religions and the Origins of Judaism
The First Patriarchs Emerge
Canaanite Religion and the Philistines
The First Israelite Empire
Conclusion
Revitalizing the People: The Origins of Christianity and Islam
The Roman Levant and the Origins of Christianity
Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
Conclusion
References
Index
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