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What we like the bones to tell us: a sacrificial wish list
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Classical archaeology and ancient history.
2013 (English)In: Bones, behaviour and belief: The zooarchaeological evidence as a source for ritual practice in ancient Greece and beyond / [ed] Gunnel Ekroth & Jenny Wallensten, Stockholm: Svenska institutet i Athen , 2013, 15-30 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Animal bones comprise the only category of evidence for Greek cult which is constantly significantly increasing. The use of ever more sophisticated excavation methods demonstrates the importance of the zooarchaeological material for the study of Greek religion and how such material can throw light on texts, inscriptions and images, as the animal bones constitute remains of actual ritual actions and not mere descriptions or representations. This paper outlines some areas where the zooarchaeological evidence may be of particular pertinence, for example, in elucidating the complex and idiosyncratic religious terminology of shares of sacrificial victims mentioned in sacred laws and sacrificial calendars, or in providing a context for a better understanding of the representations of animal parts on Attic vases. The role of meat within ancient Greek society, the choice of sacrificial victims and the handling of “non-sacrificable” animals such as game, dogs and equids within Greek cult can also be clarified by comparisons with the animal remains. 

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Stockholm: Svenska institutet i Athen , 2013. 15-30 p.
, Skrifter utgivna av Svenska institutet i Athen-4°, ISSN 0586-0539 ; 55
Keyword [en]
Animal bones, sacrifice, Greece
National Category
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203132ISBN: 978-91-7916-062-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203132DiVA: diva2:635158
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2016-05-15

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