Reflections on sacred head hair in the prehistory of Malta

Simon Stoddart, Caroline Malone

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Abstract

In one of Horace’s famous odes, the poet thus reflects on the role of hair in the course of life. With an introductory reference to Professor Bonanno’s important work on classical sculpture, we reflect on how hair styles on prehistoric representations of the human form can be employed to interpret the members of society that constructed the prehistoric temples. Our initial questions were: Do these hair styles represent different stages in the life course? Or are they indicative of a timeless ancestral image or of a sacred state? Are they a crucial element of dress of specialists of ritual reproduction?...

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe lure of the antique: essays on Malta and Mediterranean archaeology in honour of Anthony Bonanno
EditorsNicholas C. Vella, Anthony J. Frendo, Horatio C. R. Vella
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Pages131-142
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789042936171
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameAncient Near Eastern Studies Supplement
Volume54

Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Classical studies
  • Malta

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  • World Archaeology (Journal)

    Caroline Malone (Peer reviewer), Simon Stoddart (Peer reviewer) & Robert Barratt (Peer reviewer)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  • Presses Universitaires de Louvain (Publisher)

    Caroline Malone (Associate editor), Thomas McLaughlin (Associate editor), Bernardette Mercieca Spiteri (Associate editor), Eoin Parkinson (Associate editor), Ronika Power (Associate editor), Jay Stock (Associate editor), Simon Stoddart (Editor-in-chief) & Jess Thompson (Associate editor)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  • Hypogea and the clubhouse: Neolithic Malta's houses of the living and the dead.

    Malone, C., McLaughlin, R., Barratt, R. & Parkinson, E. W., 2019, Houses of the dead?: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar papers 17. Barclay, A., Field, D. & Leary, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow, Vol. 17. p. 15-37 23 p. (Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers).

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  • Figurines of Malta

    Malone, C. & Stoddart, S., 20 Apr 2017, The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines . Insoll, T. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 729-754 26 p. 32

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