Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2015

1 April 2016

Cult Material. From Archaeological Deposits to Interpretation of Early Greek Religion

Edited by Petra Pakkanen & Susanne Bocher

Cult Material. From Archaeological Deposits to Interpretation of Early Greek Religion

City: Helsinki

Year: 2015

Publisher: Finnish Institute at Athens

Series: Papers and Monographs of the Finnish Institute at Athens, vol. XXI

Description: Paperback, 167 p., numerous b/w figures, 16 colour plates, 25 x 16.7 cm


This volume is based on the workshop Defining and Interpreting Ancient Greek Cult Deposits held 24-28 October 2008 at Ancient Olympia. A small group of specialists working on themes closely related to early Greek cult practices gathered for two and a half days to discuss the theory and practice of interpreting cult and religion and their archaeological context. We elaborated on the problem of defining a ritual or a cult deposit in general, and how it has been framed in the research tradition; we then targeted the discussion at locating these questions in relation to case studies and thematic approaches to early Greek religion. The geographical area and periods covered here are relatively broad encompassing Prehistoric, Protohistoric and early Archaic contexts.


Acknowledgements [i]

Petra Pakkanen & Susanne Bocher, Introduction [1-8]

I Cult and Material: Tradition, Theory and Materiality

Johannes Siapkas, Worshiping Archaeologies – Theoretical Landscape in the Archaeological Study of Greek Religion and Cult Deposits [9-24]

Petra Pakkanen, Depositing Cult – Considerations on What Makes a Cult Deposit [25-48]

Susanne Bocher, Ash, Bones, Votives – Analysing the Black Strata in Early Greek Sanctuaries. Two Examples from Olympia – the Schwarze Schicht and the Altar of Artemis [49-64]

II Time and Material: Perspectives to Early Cult

Melissa Vetters, Private and Communal Ritual at Post-Palatial Tiryns [65-106]

Gudrun Klebinder-Gauß, Interpreting Votive Offerings from Early Archaic Deposits at the Artemision of Ephesos [107-121]

Lena Sjögren, ‘Meeting with Others and the Gods’: the Social Uses of Early Cretan Cult-Sites [123-135]

Berit Wells† (edited by Petra Pakkanen, Arto Penttinen & Jari Pakkanen), New Beginnings? Preparations of Renewal of Cult at Kalaureia and Asine [137-155]


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