Celebrations in prehistoric Malta

Robert Barratt, Caroline Malone, Thomas McLaughlin, Simon Stoddart

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This paper investigates the tempo of celebration in prehistoric Malta through the deployment of new fieldwork data and comparison with ethnographic study of modern celebrations on the same island. The article commemorates the late Jeremy Boissevain and his stimulation of new ways of thinking about prehistory, assesses and updates the 1990 article in World Archaeology by two of the current authors, and deploys new computerized modelling of celestial alignments, in the context of new chronologies and sequential data of celebratory locales. The paper shows how contrasts between the tempo of celebration in modern times and prehistory emerge by comparing ethnographic and archaeological evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2018


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