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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

The Chacoan World: Light and Shadow, Stone and Sky  

Ruth M. 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

From Corpse Taphonomy to Mortuary Behavior in the Caribbean: A Case Study from the Lesser Antilles  

Menno L. P. Hoogland and Corinne L. Hofman

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Mar 2013
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Jun 2013
Archaeothanatology has recently been introduced to the Caribbean for the study of both the precolonial and colonial burial assemblages. By drawing on a multidisciplinary approach and ... More

Sacred Geographies  

Ruth Van Dyke

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Oct 2017
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Sep 2017
For indigenous peoples in the Southwest, sacred geographies are bound up with histories, religious practices, and cosmologies. Axis mundi and memory anchors create connections across ... More

Spirits  

Scott Van Keuren and William H. Walker

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Oct 2017
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Sep 2017
This chapter explores how the lives of ancient peoples in the Southwest were guided by their engagement with spirit worlds. From artifacts to architecture, the material record reflects ... More

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