THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DARKNESS

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The Archaeology Of Darkness

Author : Marion Dowd
ISBN : 9781785701948
Genre : Social Science
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Through time people have lived with darkness. Archaeology shows us that over the whole human journey people have sought out dark places, for burials, for votive deposition and sometimes for retreat or religious ritual away from the wider community. Thirteen papers explore Palaeolithic use of deep caves in Europe and the orientation of mortuary monuments in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. It examines how the senses are affected in caves and monuments that were used for ritual activities, from Bronze Age miners in Wales working in dangerous subterranean settings, to initiands in Italian caves, to a modern caver’s experience of spending time in the one of the world’s deepest caves in Russia. We see how darkness was and is viewed at northern latitudes where parts of the year are spent in eternal night, and in Easter Island where darkness provided communal refuge from the pervasive sun. We know that spending extended periods in darkness and silence can affect one physically, emotionally and spiritually. How did interactions between people and darkness affect individuals in the past and how were regarded by their communities? And how did this interaction transform places in the landscape? As the ever-increasing electrification of the planet steadily minimizes the amount of darkness in our lives, curiously, darkness is coming more into focus. This first collection of papers on the subject begins a conversation about the role of darkness in human experience through time.
Category: Social Science

The Archaeology Of Caves In Ireland

Author : Marion Dowd
ISBN : 9781782978138
Genre : History
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The archaeology of caves in Ireland is a ground-breaking and unique study of the enigmatic, unseen and dark silent world of caves. People have engaged with caves for the duration of human occupation of the island, spanning 10,000 years. In prehistory, subterranean landscapes were associated with the dead and the spirit world, with evidence for burials, funerary rituals and votive deposition. The advent of Christianity saw the adaptation of caves as homes and places of storage, yet they also continued to feature in religious practice. Medieval mythology and modern folklore indicate that caves were considered places of the supernatural, being particularly associated with otherworldly women. Through a combination of archaeology, mythology and popular religion, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journey that sheds new light on a hitherto neglected area of research. It encourages us to consider what underground activities might reveal about the lives lived aboveground, and leaves us in no doubt as to the cultural significance of caves in the past. Marion Dowd is Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland. Her doctoral research examined the role of caves in Irish prehistoric ritual and religion. She has directed excavations in many caves, and has published and lectured widely on the subject.
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Archaeology Of The Night

Author : Nancy Gonlin
ISBN : 9781607326779
Genre : Social Science
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"A diverse team of experienced scholars used a variety of methods and resources to reconstruct how ancient peoples experienced the night, their views of the dark, their portrayals of the night, and how people in everyday life adapted to the night "--Provided by publisher.
Category: Social Science

Memories From Darkness

Author : Pedro Funari
ISBN : 1441906797
Genre : Social Science
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To Write What one Could Not Tell Anyone You who live in all tranquility So warm and comfortable in your houses, You who come home at night to find The table laid and friendly faces around you, Consider if this is a man, He who toils in the mud, Who knows no rest, Who fights for a crust of bread, Who dies for the slightest reason. Consider if this is a woman, She who has lost her name and her hair, And even the strength to remember, Her gaze blank and her bosom chilled, Like a frog in winter. Do not forget that this happened, No, do not forget it: Engrave these words in your heart. Think of them in your home, in the street, When you sleep, when you rise; Repeat them to your children. Or else your house will crumble, You will be overcome by illness, And your children will turn away from you (Levi 1987:9, the translations is mine). At Auschwitz, Filip Müller was assigned to the Sonderkommando. Every day, with his fellow prisoners, he emptied the gas chambers of their piles of defiled corpses and loaded them into the crematorium furnaces of the extermination camp.
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Joseph Conrad Herz Der Finsternis Vollst Ndige Deutsche Ausgabe Von Heart Of Darkness

Author : Joseph Conrad
ISBN : 9783746712611
Genre : Fiction
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Der Bestseller »Herz der Finsternis« von Joseph Conrad erzählt von einer Handelsfahrt auf dem Kongo-Fluss im 19. Jahrhundert. Der Kapitän Marlow kommt in Kontakt mit den Kolonialisten, die den Fluss zum Rohstofftransport nach Europa nutzen. Das »Herz der Finsternis« erreicht Marlowe in einem abgelegenen Dschungelgebiet, wo ein vom Wahnsinn getriebener Europäer ein Terrorregime errichtet hat. Marlowe versucht, beschwichtigend auf ihn einzuwirken.
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Halley H Nen Hinkelsteine

Author : Peter James
ISBN : 3423621141
Genre : Unerklärliches Phänomen
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Eine anschauliche, vielseitige und sachkundige Darstellung rätselhafter archäologischer Funde, ungeklärter astronomischer Phänomene sowie Infos über Fälschungen und Irrtümer in der historischen Forschung.
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The Archaeology Of Rome

Author : John Henry Parker
ISBN : PRNC:32101074202456
Genre : Rome
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Cro Magnon

Author : Brian M. Fagan
ISBN : 3806225834
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Eine wissenschaftlich fundierte anschauliche Darstellung vom Überlebenskampf und kulturellen Aufstieg des Cro-Magnon-Menschen vor ca 40.000 Jahren.
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Sacred Darkness

Author : Holley Moyes
ISBN : 9781457117503
Genre : Social Science
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Caves have been used in various ways across human society but despite the persistence within popular culture of the iconic caveman, deep caves were never used primarily as habitation sites for early humans. Rather, in both ancient and contemporary contexts, caves have served primarily as ritual spaces. In Sacred Darkness, contributors use archaeological evidence as well as ethnographic studies of modern ritual practices to envision the cave as place of spiritual and ideological power and a potent venue for ritual practice. Covering the ritual use of caves in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Mesoamerica, and the US Southwest and Eastern woodlands, this book brings together case studies by prominent scholars whose research spans from the Paleolithic period to the present day. These contributions demonstrate that cave sites are as fruitful as surface contexts in promoting the understanding of both ancient and modern religious beliefs and practices. This state-of-the-art survey of ritual cave use will be one of the most valuable resources for understanding the role of caves in studies of religion, sacred landscape, or cosmology and a must-read for any archaeologist interested in caves.
Category: Social Science