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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Tuesday, December 17 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
TAG33 | Reassessing the Archaeology of Religion

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Archaeologists generally discuss religion via two paths: the tangible material manifestations of religious practice and intangible theory based upon modern reconstructions. This session aims to unite material and theory to present a holistic view of religion. The focus will be on the theoretical and methodological problems at the foundation of archaeologies of religion, including definitions of religion in archaeology, the application of concepts and methods from the study of religion to archaeology, and the archaeological contribution to knowledge about religion(s). Historically, religious practices were integrated into all other practices within almost all culture groups, and our theoretical discussions need to begin to address the entanglements within the material culture we uncover and the cultures we reconstruct. Furthermore, the session will ask how archaeological knowledge of religion(s) is produced and involved in broader discourses in academia and beyond. This session aims to bring together a wide range of research, both geographically and temporally, to provide a rounded conversation that ultimately addresses how archaeologists can reconstruct religion.

Organisers: Brooke Creager; University of Minnesota • Peter Kahlke Olesen; University of Copenhagen

14:00 | Session organisers | Introduction

14:10 | Sophia Marques, University College London | When is it useful to do an archaeology of religion?

14:25 | Ross McIntire, University of York | In the Footsteps of the Saints: Buildings, Sacred Landscapes, and the Pilgrims’ Experience beyond the Shrine

14:40 | Simon Kaner, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures; Andrew Hutcheson, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures | Nara to Norvic: the Arrival of Belief, religion and archaeology at the extremities of the Silk Roads AD 500-1000

14:55 | Peter Kahlke Olesen, University of Copenhagen | Rock Art and Ritual Drama in Bronze Age Scandinavia: Image, Myth, and Ritual in Comparative Religion

15:10 | - | BREAK

15:40 | Tõnno Jonuks, Estonian Literary Museum | The problem of analogies – East-European perspective to the archaeology of religion

15:55 | Zenta Broka-Lāce, Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia | Ancient Latvian Religion: Attempts to Reconstruct ''Pagan'' Religious Praxes in 20s and 30s of the 20th Century

16:10 | John Soderberg, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Denison University | Why does the archaeology of religion need a biology of religion?

16:25 | Brooke Creager, University of Minnesota | Identifying Religious Meaning

16:40 | Peter Kahlke Olesen, University of Copenhagen; Brooke Creager, University of Minnesota | Discussion

17:30 | - | END

Speakers
SM

Sophia Marques

University College London
RM

Ross McIntire

University of York
SK

Simon Kaner

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
AH

Andrew Hutcheson

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
PK

Peter Kahlke Olesen

University of Copenhagen
TJ

Tõnno Jonuks

Estonian Literary Museum
ZB

Zenta Broka-Lāce

Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia
JS

John Soderberg

Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Denison University
BC

Brooke Creager

University of Minnesota


Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Clarke Hall (Level 3) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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