Ritual practice and topographic context. Considerations on the spatial forms of memory in the Central Alps during the Late Bronze Age

Ballmer, Ariane Thu (2017). Ritual practice and topographic context. Considerations on the spatial forms of memory in the Central Alps during the Late Bronze Age. In: Hofmann, K. P.; Bernbeck, R.; Sommer, U. (eds.) Memory Sites and Memory Networks. New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives. Berlin Studies of the Ancient World: Vol. 45 (pp. 71-96). Berlin: Edition Topoi 10.17171/3-45-3

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This paper deals with the spatial parameters of two characteristic ritual practices of the Bronze Age in the Central Alps: the deposition of single bronze artifacts, and the activities at Brandopferplätze (sites for burnt offerings). I propose two (for some time coexistent) modes for the spatial dimension of cultural memory. While the first one relates to a geographically flexible 'landscape' , essentially defined by the natural environment, the second one features locations of territorial significance. Considering the economic and social change in the Central Alpine region, I consequently postulate a trend towards a detachment of the cultural memory from the unaltered, natural terrain in favour of an increased collective use of ceremonial sites controlled by elites.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Ballmer, Ariane Thu

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISSN:

2366-6641

ISBN:

978-3-9816751-9-1

Series:

Berlin Studies of the Ancient World

Publisher:

Edition Topoi

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ariane Thu Ballmer

Date Deposited:

18 Jun 2019 09:43

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 07:22

Publisher DOI:

10.17171/3-45-3

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127922

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127922

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