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Archaeological Approaches to Dance Performance An introduction, (BAR S2622), 2014, 94 p. -

The aim of this volume is to explore a topic which occurs in all cultures from as early as the Upper Palaeolithic, but has so far been underexplored in archaeological literature – the archaeology of dance. The contributions to this volume examine the archaeological evidence for dance performances from a variety of geographical areas and time periods. The common element in these papers is the human body and the implicit meaning of the act of dancing. Since dance is a multi-faceted phenomenon, the papers in this volume treat it from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the one side on recognizing dance in the archaeological record and on the other in an attempt to look into the deeper meaning and symbolism of dance performances. The aim of the book is to highlight the importance of a study of dance for archaeology, in order to form a more nuanced understanding of the past. Archaeology of Dance (Y. Garfinkel) ; Who is the Ancient Egyptian Dancer ? (B. Shachter) ; Dance Dating in the Old Kingdom; Formal Rules, Step 1 : Know thy Dances. Establishing a Typology of Old Kingdom Dance (L. J. Kinney) ; Dance in the Prehistoric Aegean (C. Aamodt) ; The Dance of Death: Dancing in Athenian Funerary Rituals (H. Thomas) ; Dancers' Representations and the Function of Dance in Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) Chinese Society (M. Zuchowska) ; Warrior Dance, Social Ordering and the Process of Polis Formation in Early Iron Age Crete (A. L. D'Agata) ; Revel without a Cause? Dance, Performance and Greek Vase-Painting (T. J. Smith).
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