The objectives of this collection of nine papers are two-fold. First, to provide a platform from which to showcase innovative research and theoretical approaches in a subject which has largely been neglected within archaeology and related disciplines, and, secondly, to redress this neglect. The papers were presented at the 2012 Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference in Liverpool.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Materiality of the Materiality of Magic, by Ceri Houlbrook & Natalie Armitage
1. ‘Also found… (not illustrated)…’: The curious case of the missing magical fossils, by Peter Leeming
2. Arranged artefacts and materials in Irish Bronze Age ritual deposits:
A consideration of prehistoric practice and intention, by Katherine Leonard
3. Doorways, ditches and dead dogs – excavating and recording material manifestations of practical magic amongst later prehistoric and Romano-British communities, by Adrian M. Chadwick
4. Domestic Magic and the Walking Dead in Medieval England: A Diachronic Approach, Stephen Gordon
5. European & African Figural Ritual Magic: The beginnings of the voodoo doll myth, by Natalie Armitage
6. Binding Spells and Curse Tablets Through Time, by Debora Moretti
7. The Wishing-Tree of Isle Maree:
The Evolution of a Scottish Folkloric Practice, by Ceri Houlbrook
8. Ciki and jiki: The Inner and Outer layers of healers’ workspaces in Madina, Accra, Bryn Trevelyan James
9. ‘The Little Mannie with his Daddy's Horns’, by A. J. N. W. Prag
Reviews & Quotes
"The essays have a pleasing variety and maintain interest throughout. Hopefully more books like this will be produced."
"‘This slim volume is packed with the punch of a diverse set of papers dealing with the material manifestations of magic and popular belief, across the globe and through time.’"
Medieval Archaeology haeology
"Armed with this book, specialists in many regions and periods should be able to recognise the traces and implications of magical or ritual practice…"
Ethan Doyle White
Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture (09/01/2017)