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The Archaeology of Ritual:

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It is perhaps in the Roman period that the prejudice of archaeologists against a ritual interpretation is felt most strongly. Its material remains seem so practical, so 'modern' in many respects, that there is an almost instinctive reaction against anything 'other-wordly' in this context - except of course in its proper place, the temple precinct, where it is acceptable. Yet this attitude is historically in defensible, for ... Religion in the Roman world pervaded every human activity. .. (Merrifield1987, 7)

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