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The Dead Must be Fed: Symbolic Meanings of the Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Dead Must be Fed: Symbolic Meanings of the Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay

The authors develop a framework for understanding the cultural significance of these shellmounds which regards them as intentional
cultural features, incorporates social context, and builds on earlier subsistence-focused studies of the shellmounds in order to better appreciate the meaning of the numerous human remains interred herein. A structural analysis is then used to show that the concepts of food and ancestors joined together at shellmounds, so much so that ritual attention to the ancestors was very likely regarded as essential to ensuring a continuing supply of food.

  • Program San Francisco Bay Area
  • Language English
  • Media Format Other
  • Program Theme Promoting knowledge systems & biocultural education
  • Tags
    • archaeology
    • foodways
    • San Francisco