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The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory, and Veneration

Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Abstract

Ancestor veneration is a common practice cross-culturally, and since the 1990s archaeologists have started to explore ancestor veneration in the past. The usual explanation for ancient ancestors is that people in past societies used them and their material correlates (architecture, iconography, tombs, and cemeteries) to validate their rights to land and resources. Yet ethnographic and ethnohistoric accounts of ancestor veneration around the world indicate that ancestors are about much more than just land and resources: they referee domestic problems; advertise wealth; validate authority; mater ... More

Keywords: ancestors, archaeology, ritual, power, status, landscape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062518
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062518.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Hill, editor
University of Alaska Southeast

Jon B. Hageman, editor

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Contents

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Part 1 Revisiting Ancestors

1 Leveraging the Dead

Jon B. Hageman and Erica Hill

2 The Archaeology of Ancestors

Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Part II Discovering Ancestors

6 Landscapes of Ancestors

Matthew L. Murray

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