Funerary Monument or World Renewal Icon?
This chapter provides a description of the mound and its associated material features and contents, a summary description of its larger context (Woodhenge 72), and a critique of the hierarchical account of this major feature. The chapter first discusses the most relevant components and associations of Mound 72. This is followed by the hierarchical monistic modular polity interpretation, which, of course, takes a strong funerary perspective with regard to the mortuary data and a symbolic referential perspective with regard to the monumental aspect of this mound and its archaeological context—in particular, what Melvin Fowler refers to as Woodhenge 72. Following a critique of the funerary and symbolic referential interpretations of these mortuary data and their immediate material context, the chapter reinterprets the same data in the framework of the Mourning/World Renewal Mortuary model and the symbolic pragmatic perspective. When Woodhenge 72 and its associated feature, Mound 72, are in total shown to be interpreted more coherently in these rather than the former terms, the World Renewal Cult Heterarchy model is strongly supported. The polyistic locale-centric heterarchical account explains both the monumental and mortuary data within an integrated theoretical framework.
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