Between Worlds

Understanding Ritual Cave Use in Later Prehistory

  • Lindsey Büster
  • Eugène Warmenbol
  • Dimitrij Mlekuž

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Theoretical Frameworks for Caves as Dynamic Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Agni Prijatelj, Robin Skeates
      Pages 9-28
    3. Rick Peterson
      Pages 29-44
    4. Dimitrij Mlekuž
      Pages 45-66
    5. Letizia Silvestri, Katia Francesca Achino, Micaela Angle, Maurizio Gatta, Mario Federico Rolfo
      Pages 87-112
    6. Nektarios-Petros Yioutsos
      Pages 113-135
  3. Innovative Digital Capture Techniques in Cave Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Albane Burens, Laurent Carozza, Raphaelle Bourrillon, Stephane Petrognani, Pierre Grussenmeyer, Samuel Guillemin et al.
      Pages 165-198
    3. Lindsey Büster, Ian Armit, Adrian Evans, Tom Sparrow, Rachael Kershaw, Andrew S. Wilson
      Pages 199-220
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 265-270

About this book


The recent resurgence of academic interest in caves has demonstrated the central roles they played as arenas for ritual, ceremony and performance, and their importance within later prehistoric cosmologies. Caves represent very particular types of archaeological site and require novel approaches to their recording, interpretation and presentation. This is especially true in understanding the ritual use of caves, when the less tangible aspects of these environments would have been fundamental to the practices taking place within them. 

Between Worlds explores new theoretical frameworks that examine the agency of these enduring 'natural' places and the complex interplay between environment, taphonomy and human activity. It also showcases the application of innovative technologies, such as 3D laser-scanning and acoustic modelling, which provide new and exciting ways of capturing the experiential qualities of these enigmatic sites. Together, these developments offer more nuanced understandings of the role of caves in prehistoric ritual, and allow for more effective communication, management and presentation of cave archaeology to a wide range of audiences.


Digital capture and presentation technologies aspects of cave use and ritual activity in situ preservation of fragile cave assemblages theoretical considerations for subterranean environments new digital methods of interpreting cave archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Lindsey Büster
    • 1
  • Eugène Warmenbol
    • 2
  • Dimitrij Mlekuž
    • 3
  1. 1.School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BruxellesBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Archaeology, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99021-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99022-4
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