The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

43. How do you define cultic context?

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Jonathan S. Greer
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

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This essay addresses methods employed by archaeologists to determine the plausibility that an installation was used for religious purposes. The problematic nature of differentiating between the overlapping spheres of “religious” and “secular” activities is addressed and three main categories of evidence for cultic contexts—architecture, artifacts, and animal bones—are discussed.

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Greer, Jonathan. 43. How do you define cultic context?. The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 178-181 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781781792421. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27892. Date accessed: 25 May 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27892. Sep 2016

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