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Spirit, mind and body: the archaeology of monastic healing

Gilchrist, R. ORCID: (2020) Spirit, mind and body: the archaeology of monastic healing. In: Gilchrist, R. Sacred Heritage: Monastic Archaeology, Identities, Beliefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 71-109. ISBN 9781108678087

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Archaeology and material culture are used in this chapter to consider how monastic experience responded to illness, ageing and disability. The approach taken is influenced by the material study of religion, which interrogates how bodies and things engage to construct the sensory experience of religion, and by practice-based approaches in archaeology, which examine the active role of space and material culture in shaping religious agency and embodiment. The archaeology of monastic healing focuses on the full spectrum of healing technologies, from managing the body in order to prevent illness, through to the treatment of the sick and preparation of the corpse for burial.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
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Additional Information:This is Chapter 3. The full book in which it is published, 'Sacred heritage: monastic archaeology, identities, beliefs', is referenced on CentAUR here and can be downloaded here
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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