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Ritual and Archaic States

Joanne M.A. Murphy


Ritual and the archaic state have both been prominent topics in recent archaeological literature, provoking complex debates about their defining characteristics and their archaeological signatures. This volume offers fresh perspectives on both subjects by uniting these two streams of scholarship in an exploration of the varying nature, expression, and significance of ritual in archaic states. Within archaic states, rituals—both secular and sacred—frequently command considerable investments of time, space, and energy. The level of investment in ritual, its nature, and its socio-political signif ... More

Keywords: ritual, archaic states, archaeological data, old world, culture, social complexity, sacred, secular, case studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062785
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanne M.A. Murphy, editor
University of North Carolina, Greensboro