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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 43. How do you define cultic context?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27892


This essay addresses methods employed by archaeologists to determine the plausibility that an installation was used for religious purposes. The problematic nature of differentiating between the overlapping spheres of “religious” and “secular” activities is addressed and three main categories of evidence for cultic contexts—architecture, artifacts, and animal bones—are discussed.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jonathan Greer ( - jgreer) 'Grand Rapids Theological Seminary'