The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains [Paperback]

Rebecca Gowland (Author); Christopher Knusel (Author)

ISBN: 9781842173657 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Studies in Funerary Archaeology | Volume: 1 | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 320p,

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The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains


Human bones form the most direct link to understanding how people lived in the past, who they were and where they came from. The interpretative value of human skeletal remains (within their burial context) in terms of past social identity and organisation is awesome, but was, for many years, underexploited by archaeologists. The nineteen papers in this edited volume are an attempt to redress this by marrying the cultural aspects of burial with the anthropology of the deceased.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Rebecca Gowland and Christopher Knüsel)
The intrinsic pattern of preservation of human skeletons and its influence on the interpretation of funerary behaviours (Silvia Bello and Peter Andrews)
Pattern in human burial practice (Peter Andrews and Silvia Bello)
L'archaeothanatologie ou l'archaeologie de la mort (Henri Duday)
Neolithic burial taphonomy, ritual, and interpretation in Britain and Ireland: a review (Jessica Beckett and John Robb)
Cremation ... the cheap option? (Jacqueline I McKinley)
Companions in death: the roles of animals in Anglo-Saxon and Viking cremation rituals in Britain (Julie M Bond and Fay L Worley)
La Tène dietary variation in Central Europe: A stable isotope study of human skeletal remains from Bohemia (John Le Huray, Holger Schutkowski, Mike Richards)
Immigrants on the Isle of Lewis - combining traditional funerary and modern isotope evidence to investigate social differentiation, migration and dietary change in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (Janet Montgomery and Jane A Evans)
Ageing the past: examining age identity from funerary evidence (Rebecca Gowland)
Gender, bioarchaeology and human ontogeny (Joanna R Sofaer)
The gendered skeleton: anthropological interpretations of the bony pelvis (Pamela K Stone and Dana Walrath)
The osteology of monasticism in Mediaeval England (Simon Mays)
Text, space and the evidence of human remains in English Late Medieval and Tudor disease culture: some problems and possibilities (Isla Fay)
'Of no more use to men than in ages before?': the Investiture Contest as a model for funerary interpretation (Christopher J Knüsel)
Skeletal evidence and contexts of violence in the European Mesolithic and Neolithic (Rick Schulting)
Beneath the façade: A skeletal model of domestic violence (Shannon Novak)
Fragmentation of the body: comestibles, compost, or customary rite? (Christopher J Knüsel and Alan Outram)
Altering identities: body modifications and the pre-Columbian Maya (Pamela L Geller)
The living dead and the dead living: burials, figurines and social performance in the European Mid Upper Palaeolithic (Paul B Pettitt)

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