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The Archaeology of Magic$
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C. Riley Augé

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066110.001.0001

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Archaeology and Magic

Archaeology and Magic


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The Archaeology of Magic

C. Riley Augé

University Press of Florida

This final chapter revisits the volume’s goals to draw conclusions about apotropaic material culture classification and its archaeological presence, the relationship between gendered fear and apotropaic use, risk management contexts, and boundary construction implications based upon the data abstracted, analyzed, and interpreted through the book. At this point a revised criterion model for recognition of magic and ritual in the historical archaeological record is offered for future researchers as a complementary model to the ritual identification model that is currently available and most referenced by archaeologists attempting to recognize and understand indications of belief in magical power in the archaeological record. Lastly, recommendations are proposed for continuing historical and archaeological investigation of magic including sacred measurement, plants, and symbols as elements revealing gendered behaviors to protect and control their lives.

Keywords:   Apotropaic material culture classification, Sacred measurement, Gendered fear, Risk management contexts, Boundary construction, Magical power

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