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Sacred myths: archaeology and authenticity

Gilchrist, R. (2020) Sacred myths: archaeology and authenticity. In: Gilchrist, R. Sacred Heritage: Monastic Archaeology, Identities, Beliefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 176-218. ISBN 9781108678087

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The final chapter examines the role of archaeology in authenticating or challenging modern myths connected with medieval sacred sites. It considers how medieval sacred heritage is used to construct myths connected with nationalist and religious identities and it reflects on medieval sacred landscapes as contested heritage sites which hold multiple meanings to contemporary social groups. Three British case studies are considered: Glastonbury, Walsingham and Iona.

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:88525
Additional Information:This is Chapter 6. The full book in which it is published, 'Sacred heritage: monastic archaeology, identities, beliefs', is referenced on CentAUR here http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/88141/ and can be downloaded here http://doi.org/10.1017/9781108678087
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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