Bordering on the Supernatural: Merging Animism and the Frontier in Archaeology

Ian Sellers


Animism, landscape and frontier have all been well studied in their various archaeological contexts. In spite of this isolated progress, however, there is little recognition of the overlap among these interest areas. I argue that new conceptions of boundary detailed in the field of frontier archaeology are useful in examining boundaries in animistic communities, and that conversely, advancements in the archaeology of animism can open new fields of analysis in frontier archaeology. The recognition and exploration of boundary and frontier in the archaeology of animism will add new perspectives to both fields and unite them in a comparative discussion on the nature of ethnic definition and interaction.

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