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New Book Chronicle

Dan Lawrence
2018 Antiquity  
For this issue of NBC, we investigate a range of different approaches to the archaeology of ritual. The attribution of unexplained phenomena to ritual practice is something of a cliché in public perceptions of archaeology (just try googling 'ritual archaeology cartoon'!), and even within the discipline there are those who remain sceptical that we can ascend Hawkes's ladder of inference (1954) to such dizzy heights. Yet several recent books coming in to the Antiquity office show how both theory
more » ... ow how both theory and method are advancing our understanding of this complex concept. Sparked by the publication of two major volumes from Cambridge, we here take the pulse of the archaeology of ritual, and find it in rude health.
doi:10.15184/aqy.2018.90 fatcat:e4gn5wvqtvguvbazks3qxop6hm