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Animate Shadows of Bears and Giants  

Kevin Conti and William Walker

This chapter explores the performance of light and shadows in two ancestral Pueblo rock art sites in southeast Utah. These sites possess anthropomorphic rock faces and modified features to ... More

Approaching Medieval Sacrality  

M. A. Hall

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Jan 2018
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Feb 2018
Creating, inviting, and repurposing sacrality was a fundamental quest of social behaviour in the medieval period. From the major shrines of cathedrals down to the portable sanctity of ... More

An Archaeology of Pilgrimage  

Peter Yeoman

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Jan 2018
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Feb 2018
An understanding of medieval pilgrimage can be informed by the application of archaeological approaches to the physical evidence. This chapter outlines the evidence of pilgrimage within ... More

Aztec Domestic Ritual  

Lisa Overholtzer

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Ethnohistoric evidence emphasizes the role of women in ritualized Aztec household practices and religion that were concerned not only with household maintenance or fertility but also with ... More

The Aztec Ritual Landscape  

Leon Garcia Garagarza

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
This chapter analyzes the basic features of the Aztec ritual landscape as a historical construct that legitimized the social order and provided the models of territorial legitimacy and ... More

The Aztecs and the Catholic Church  

Louise M. Burkhart

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Under Spanish rule, Nahuas underwent evangelization by friars of the Mendicant orders. Most people accepted baptism and learned at least basic Roman Catholic doctrine. To stay in power, ... More

The Beautiful Face of Ra: The Role of Sunlight in the Architecture of Ancient Egypt  

Giulio Magli

In the famous projects of ancient Egyptian architecture, sunlight had always a special role. An expert use of light and shadows helped in creating halls filled with sacredness in many ... More

Bodies Revealed: X-ray Art in Western Arnhem Land  

Luke Taylor

This chapter examines X-ray art in western Arnhem Land in northern Australia, considering how relatively contemporary artists used it to enrich the meaning of their work. After discussing ... More

The Chacoan World: Light and Shadow, Stone and Sky  

Ruth Van Dyke

In the southwest United States, high altitudes, open vistas, and cloudless skies create a visual atmosphere where the light is legendary. I focus on the role of light for the people of ... More

Child Sacrifice in the Ancient Andes: Power and Sociopolitical Dynamics in Antiquity  

Deborah Blom

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May 2018
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Jun 2018
While reports of child sacrifice in the ancient Andes are often sensationalized to captivate popular audiences, the study of the practice provides archaeologists with an important means of ... More

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