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Magic and archaeology: ritual residues and 'odd' deposits

Gilchrist, R. (2019) Magic and archaeology: ritual residues and 'odd' deposits. In: Page, S. and Rider, C. (eds.) The Routledge History of Medieval Magic. Routledge Histories. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 383-401. ISBN 9781472447302

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Abstract/Summary

The use of archaeology as source material for medieval magic raises a number of methodological and theoretical issues. Many of the rituals of common magic revealed by archaeology were never (or rarely) documented in medieval texts. The lack of correlation between texts and material culture has been regarded as problematic for historians; to the contrary, these complementary sources permit access to social contexts and agents that are under-represented in texts, particularly women and other practitioners who operated in a domestic environment.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:82758
Publisher:Routledge

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