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Analytical Approaches for Identifying Ritual Contexts

Author(s): Amber VanDerwarker

Year: 2017

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Paleoethnobotanists continue to push plants into the realm of social archaeology, particularly in terms of examining how plants articulated with ancient ritual practices. The examination of the connection between plants and ritual, however, is not a straightforward process—researchers must first appropriately identify special contexts and/or foods, after which they must attribute meaning to the contexts and events they have identified. This presentation focuses on the first step – identification of ritual plant deposits, using the plant assemblage as the means of definition. I discuss several analytical approaches and quantitative methods for achieving this goal while also highlighting relevant case studies.

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Analytical Approaches for Identifying Ritual Contexts. Amber VanDerwarker. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430021)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America