Publisher: Oxbow Books (December 31, 2015)
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the topic of ‘magic' has lengthy been thought of peripheral and sensationalist, the be aware itself having turn into whatever of an instructional taboo. even though, ideals in magic and the rituals that encompass them are vast - as are their fabric manifestations - and to prevent them is to disregard a accepted element of cultures around the globe, from prehistory to the current day. The Materiality of Magic addresses the price of the fabric list as a source in investigations into magic, ritual practices, and well known ideals. The chronological and geographic focuses of the papers awarded the following range from prehistory to the present-day, together with numinous interpretations of fossils and formality deposits in Bronze Age Europe; apotropaic units in Roman and Medieval Britain; the evolution of superstitions and formality customs - from the ‘voodoo doll' of Europe and Africa to a Scottish ‘wishing-tree'; and an exploration of spatiality in West African therapeutic practices. The ambitions of this choice of 9 papers are twofold. First, to supply a platform from which to exhibit leading edge examine and theoretical techniques in an issue which has principally been overlooked inside archaeology and comparable disciplines, and, secondly, to redress this overlook. The papers have been provided on the 2012 Theoretical Archaeology team (TAG) convention in Liverpool.