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July 22, 2003

Supernatural power dressing

When archaeologists found the 4,300-year-old burial of an archer and metalworker at Amesbury in Wiltshire last year, they knew at once that they were looking at the remains of a great Bronze Age chieftain. The astonishing wealth of the possessions found in his grave declared him a man of power.

British Archaeology magazine takes the Amesbury archer as an exemplory case of the talismanic properties ascribed to possessions by ancient peoples. It would be a mistake to imagine clothing and accessories had lost any of their symbolic, even supernatural power. Take bloggers, for example...

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 22, 2003 11:19 AM