Ralph Merrifield systematically examines the evidence from prehistoric times to the present and demonstrates that all through the fundamental changes of belief--from primitive animism to Christianity to scientific rationalism--the same kinds of simple ritual have survived because they answer deep human needs.
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Ralph Merrifield spent most of his working life as a museum archaeologist, first in Brighton, England and then in London. In retirement, he became deputy director of the Museum of London. As a widely recognized authority on Roman London, his London, City of the Romans, was hailed as an outstanding work.Review:
A valuable contribution. (CHOICE)
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Book Description B. T.Batsford Ltd, London, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression. Some slight edge wear to top and bottom of jacket and spine, corners very slightly rubbed, not price clipped (£14.95), no inscriptions, internally clean tight and square, overall a excellent copy for its age. 224pp, illustrated, jacket illustration of a seventeenth century Bellarmine 'witching bottle' found in London. An archaeological study of the material evidence for ritual and magical practices in Europe, with particular emphasis on London and South East England, written by archaeologist Ralph Merrifield (1913-95), former deputy director of the Museum of London. In Merrifield's obituary London archaeologist Peter Marsden described the book as 'a masterly study of an unusual subject'. A scarce book. Bookseller Inventory # 003758