Life's pathways: Geographic metaphors in ancestral puebloan material culture

Kelley Hays-Gilpin

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10 Scopus citations


Recognizing the cultural importance of metaphors helps archaeologists and art historians understand how shared ideas facilitate interaction among social groups, past and present. Metaphors describe one thing in terms of another. We usually think of metaphors as verbal expression, but visual metaphors are just as frequent and important and are sometimes amenable to archaeological analysis. Particular expressions and contexts of metaphors should help us trace migration, pilgrimage, and the spread of religious systems across time and space. Metaphors may also provide evidence for transformations and innovations in ritual practice, iconography, and graphic expression in particular times and places.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchaeology without Borders
Subtitle of host publicationContact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico
PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780870818899
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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