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The ritual killing and burial of animals : European perspectives

Author: Aleksander Pluskowski
Publisher: Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, ©2012.
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The killing and burial of animals in ritualistic contexts is encountered across Europe from prehistory through to the historical period. This volume presents research across Europe to illustrate how comparable interpretative frameworks are used by archaeologists working with both prehistoric and historical societies.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aleksander Pluskowski
ISBN: 9781842174449 1842174444
OCLC Number: 706026025
Description: iv, 232 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), charts ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : the ritual killing and burial of animals in the past / Aleksander Pluskowski --
Animal 'ritual' killing : from remains to meanings / James Morris --
Ritualisation (or The four fully articulated ungulates of the apocalypse) / Lee Broderick --
Nourishment for the soul, nourishment for the body : animal remains in early medieval Pomeranian cemeteries / Andrzej Kuczkowski and Kamil Kajowski --
Spatial aspects of globular amphora culture funeral rites with animal deposits in Poland / Radosław Szczodrowski --
Horse burials as public ritual : Lithuanian perspectives / Mindaugas Bertašius --
Protohistoric animal deposits in the Alps. Considerations regarding a dog, a pig and four human neonates from the rural settlement of Gamsen (Valais, Switzerland) / Nicole Reynaud Savioz --
Late antique and early medieval animal burials in Italy / Frank Salvadori --
Distinct from the everyday and beyond counting calories : animal bones from "ritual spaces" in late Neolithic settlements at Lake Constance and in Upper Suebia / Karlheinz Steppan --
Animal deposits in the late Copper Age settlement of Balatonőszöd-Temetői dűlő, Hungary / Tünde Horváth --
Dealing with deposits in the Dutch River Area : animals in settlement rituals in the Roman period / Maaike Groot --
Sheep foundation burials in Roman Winchester / Mark Maltby --
Early Anglo-Saxon horse culture and funerary ritual (c. AD 450-650) : active mythology in a European context / Chris Fern --
Evolving traditions : horse slaughter as part of Viking burial customs in Iceland / Rúnar Leifsson --
Sacred cows or old beasts? : a taphonomic approach to studying ritual killing with an example from Iron Age Uppåkra, Sweden / Ola Magnell --
Flesh on the bones : animal bodies in Atlantic roundhouses / Jacqui Mulville [and others] --
"Stone dead" : dogs in a medieval sacral space / László Bartosiewicz.
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