Fire features and ritual: an ethnoarchaeological analysis in Fiji's Lau Group

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dc.contributor Cormier, Loretta A.
dc.contributor Parcak, Sarah H.
dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Sharyn
dc.contributor.advisor Murphy, Michael D. Messersmith, Mallory K. 2017-03-01T16:24:49Z 2017-03-01T16:24:49Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000845
dc.identifier.other Messersmith_alatus_0004M_11083
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the earth oven, a common Fijian feature, from an ethnoarchaeological perspective. Earth ovens are ubiquitous in the archaeological record of the Pacific, yet little attempt has been made to determine standardized criteria for distinguishing these features from another common fire feature, the domestic hearth. This study aims to lay out criteria for distinguishing these similar features, as well as begin to explore methods for investigating ritual and religion in the archaeological record through these features. It utilizes archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic data from Fiji's Lau Group to achieve these goals. Earth ovens hold an important role in contemporary household food preparation, as well as preparation for feasting and ceremonies. Historical accounts of the region directly following European contact also point to the use of earth ovens in associations with rituals, including feasts and cannibalistic practices. While these rituals are no longer practiced, analysis of suspected ritual features, examination of ethnohistorical records, and comparison with ethnographic parallels of everyday fire features can aid in the recognition and interpretation of prehistoric ritual sites.
dc.format.extent 70 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Archaeology
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.title Fire features and ritual: an ethnoarchaeological analysis in Fiji's Lau Group
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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