Archaeological Sites as Space for Modern Spiritual Practice

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Archaeological heritage can be disputed, especially where it is important to religions and their practitioners. While the destruction of archaeological sites in war – often due to religious fervour – is frequently making the headlines, apparently lesser disputes about local heritage sites go unreported. This book focuses on these lesser, but much more frequent, potential conflicts between archaeological heritage management and conservation on the one hand, and practitioners of religious beliefs who use archaeological heritage in their practice on the other. By exploring case studies from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Wales, this book examines the interaction between spiritual practice and monuments conservation. This book will be of great interest to heritage professionals, archaeologists, historians, conservationists and religious practitioners alike, through its exploration of various kinds of interactions between these different heritage communities and their interests in archaeology.


  • Archaeology, Religion, Spiritual Practice, Heritage, Management, Law
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages201
ISBN (Print)978-1-5275-1610-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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