Whether it is the binding of shattered bones or the creation of herbal remedies, human agency is a central feature of the healing process. Both archaeological and anthropological research has contributed much to our understanding of the performative aspects of medicine. The papers contained in this volume, based on a session conducted at the 2010 Theoretical Archaeology Conference, take a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic, addressing such issues as the cultural conception of disease; the impact of gender roles on healing strategies; the possibilities afforded by syncretism; the relationship between material culture and the body; and the role played by the active agency of the sick.
Acknowledgements Introduction (Effie Gemi-Iordanou, Stephen Gordon, Robert Matthew, Ellen McInnes, Rhiannon Pettitt) 1. Early Neolithic Shamans? Performance and Healing at Hambledon Hill, Dorset (Ffion Reynolds) 2. Before Hippocrates: Healing Practices in Ancient Egypt (Roger Forshaw) 3. Who is performing what and for whom? The Dedication, Construction and Maintenance of a Healing Shrine in Egypt (Jane Draycott) 4. Disease, Sin and the Walking Dead in Medieval England, c.1100-1350: A Note on the Documentary and Archaeological Evidence (Stephen Gordon) 5. Pilgrimage, Performance and Miracle Cures in the Twelfth-Century Miracula of StAEbbe (Hilary Powell) 6. Gendered Attitudes Towards Physical Tending Amongst the Piously Religious of Late Medieval Sweden (Johanna Bergqvist) 7. The Rattlesnake and the Otter: Anthropology, Gender, and contraception among the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) in the 1930s (Kristin Burnett) 8. Re-Covering the Hiroshima Maidens (Amanda Jane Graham) 9. Writing Stones and Secret Shrines: An Exploration of the Materialisation of Indigenous and Islamic Belief within West African Spiritual Medicine (Bryn Trevelyan-James) 10. A Note on the Ethnomedical Universe of the Asante, an Indigenous People in Ghana (De-Valera Botchway) 11. Spirituality in Knowledge Production and the Practice of Traditional Herbal Medicine among the Yoruba People in Southwest Nigeria (Agunbiade Ojo Melvin)