Historical-processual archaeology and culture making: Unpacking the Southern Cult and Mississippian Religion

Thomas E. Emerson, Timothy R. Pauketat

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Abstract

A few years ago, Colin Renfrew called for an archaeology of ancient religions, seeking in particular the “causes of religious change” by looking to “early cults” (1994:48-49). While his “cognitive-processual” approach retained the sense that religions were shared “belief systems, " Renfrew emphasized the importance of the experiential component of religionritual and cult practices-in order to understand how religions change from within. The early Mississippian period of eastern North America provides an excellent case of just this sort of religious circumstance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBelief in the Past
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages167-188
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781315433080
ISBN (Print)9781598743418
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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