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. American Antiquity

 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. -- Historical Archaeology