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Sasa Caval

Sasa Caval scaval
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My research focuses on the archaeology of religion with regional foci spanning Southeastern Europe and the Indian Ocean. My initial investigations centered on the Western Balkans and studied the role of medieval architecture and the integration of elements of power into sacred landscapes. I am especially interested on the application of astronomy as a tool to understand the expression of beliefs within past societies and in spiritual & social relationships of medieval communities to their landscape in SE Europe. More recently, I expanded my research to incorporate anthropological as well as archaeological perspectives in a study of identity construction, using religion and religious expression by descendent communities on formerly colonised island enclaves; with Mauritius as a principle case study. I have a broad fieldwork and research experience in my native Slovenia, on the Adriatic islands and inland, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on religious ‘topographies’. Further afield, I incorporated temple and tomb sites at Kom Lolla and Deir el-Bahri, Luxor, West bank, Egypt into my research on the role of sacred architecture; and performed landscape based archaeological reconnaissance in the central Yucatan peninsula looking at the distribution and significance of ritual structures within Mayan civilisation.

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