An exceptionally coherent collection of papers that ranges over a wide variety of historical, archaeological, and ethnographic examples....A genuinely comparative (and so collaborative) intellectual enterprise.
--European Journal of Archaeology
Persuasively argues that ancestors have been central to human existence and thus warrant a far more coherent research program than they have thus far received.
--Journal of Anthropological Research
This excellent edited volume brings together ethnographic and archaeological studies of ancestor practices to present a long-overdue and useful synthesis for funerary archaeologists.
A pointed collection. . . . This volume effectively argues for the continued centrality of archaeologists’ engagement with the role of ancestors and their associated ritual practice and material culture in past societies.