Archaeological approaches to dance performance

TitleArchaeological approaches to dance performance
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
EditorSoar, K, Aamodt, C
Number of Pages94 pp. ill.

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