The Archaeology of Ritual, Memory, and Materiality

Short Seminar

February 16–18, 2005

Co-chaired by Barbara J. Mills (University of Arizona) and William H. Walker (New Mexico State University), a February seminar, “The Archaeology of Ritual, Memory, and Materiality,” explored innovative methods brought to bear on “purposeful deposits” from activities that arrange or order objects in the archaeological record—for instance, weapons hoards in Europe, dedicatory offerings in Pueblo buildings, and votive deposits in Maya temples.

“The order of these objects provides a detailed material window into the agency and identity of the people who deposited them,” Mills noted. “Ritual and memory production are two of the most important social practices that can be investigated archaeologically through depositional practices.”

Barbara J. Mills, Chair Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona Remembering While Forgetting: The Practices of Ritual Deposition at Chaco
William H. Walker, Chair Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, New Mexico State University Stratifying the Souls of Witches and Dogs
Susan D. Gillespie Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida The Invention of History at La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico
Rosemary Joyce Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley Discussant
Lisa J. Lucero Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University Fragments of Classic Maya Commoner Ritual Life and Death
Axel Nielsen Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Instituto Interdisciplinario Tilcara, Argentina The Materiality of Ancestors: Chullpas and Social Memory in the Late Prehispanic History of the South Andes
Timothy R. Pauketat Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Earth, Fire, and the Deposition of Mississippian History
Joshua Pollard Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol, UK Deposition and Material Agency in the Early Neolithic of Southern Britain
Ann B. Stahl Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton The Dynamics of Ritual in Banda, Ghana: An Exploratory Essay

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