Beyond Hopewell: ceremonial centers and their cosmologies

Author(s): Timothy Darvill

Year: 2016


In many parts of the world massive ceremonial centers appear at key stages in societal development, especially with the emergence of stable agricultural communities and the appearance of hierarchical or chiefdom societies. All differ in their detail, but they also share many characteristics. These include fixing key astronomical events in the structure of the monuments (solar and/or lunar); seasonal gatherings; associations with water; representations of ancestors or ancestral deities; burials; links to well-being and fecundity; and the use of a circle enclosing a square as a fundamental symbolic scheme. Drawing on examples in Britain, central Europe, and China, comparisons and contrasts will be made with the Hopewell sites in Ohio, and the overarching cosmologies and belief systems examined.

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Beyond Hopewell: ceremonial centers and their cosmologies. Timothy Darvill. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404362)

Spatial Coverage

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