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Hoards, votives, offerings: the archaeology of the dedicated object

Hoards, votives, offerings: the archaeology of the dedicated object Objects given to supernatural powers have been remarkably neglected by archaeologists. This paper makes the case for the importance of such objects, whether they be described as votives, dedications, ritual deposits, ritual hoards, offerings or by some other term. It explores some archaeological reasons for their neglect, including the practice of publishing artefacts by type rather than by context, and argues that archaeologists should not assume that religious practices can be discussed only when there are texts available as guides. It summarizes the particular concerns of the papers which follow in this volume. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png World Archaeology Taylor & Francis

Hoards, votives, offerings: the archaeology of the dedicated object

World Archaeology , Volume 36 (1): 10 – Apr 1, 2004
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Taylor & Francis
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1470-1375
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0043-8243
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10.1080/0043824042000192696
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Abstract

Objects given to supernatural powers have been remarkably neglected by archaeologists. This paper makes the case for the importance of such objects, whether they be described as votives, dedications, ritual deposits, ritual hoards, offerings or by some other term. It explores some archaeological reasons for their neglect, including the practice of publishing artefacts by type rather than by context, and argues that archaeologists should not assume that religious practices can be discussed only when there are texts available as guides. It summarizes the particular concerns of the papers which follow in this volume.

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World ArchaeologyTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2004

Keywords: Ritual; votive; dedication; gift; deposit

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