Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley

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This fascinating study explores how our prehistoric ancestors developed rituals from everyday life and domestic activities. Richard Bradley contends that for much of the prehistoric period, ritual was not a distinct sphere of activity. Rather it was the way in which different features of the domestic world were played out until they took on qualities of theatrical performance.

With extensive illustrated case-studies, this book examines farming, craft production and the occupation of houses, all of which were ritualized in prehistoric Europe. Successive chapters discuss the ways in which ritual has been studied, drawing on a series of examples that range from Greece to Norway and from Romania to Portugal. They consider practices that extend from the Mesolithic period to the Early Middle Ages and discuss the ways in which ritual and domestic life were intertwined.

About Richard Bradley

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Richard Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestseller American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World's Most Powerful University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic, and he was the executive editor of George magazine. Bradley lives in New York City.
Published October 12, 2012 by Routledge. 256 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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