The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial

ISBN : 9780198855255

Sarah Tarlow; Liv Nilsson Stutz
872 Pages
170 x 244 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
Oxford Handbooks
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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial reviews the current state of mortuary archaeology and its practice, highlighting its often contentious place in the modern socio-politics of archaeology. It contains forty-four chapters which focus on the history of the discipline and its current scientific techniques and methods.
Written by leading, international scholars in the field, it derives its examples and case studies from a wide range of time periods, such as the middle palaeolithic to the twentieth century, and geographical areas which include Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Combining up-to-date knowledge of relevant archaeological research with critical assessments of the theme and an evaluation of future research trajectories, it draws attention to the social, symbolic, and theoretical aspects of interpreting mortuary archaeology.
The volume is well-illustrated with maps, plans, photographs, and illustrations and is ideally suited for students and researchers.


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1 Liv Nilsson Stutz and Sarah Tarlow: Beautiful Things and Bones of Desire: Emerging Issues in the Archaeology of Death and Burial

Part 1: Approaches to Death and Burial

2 Adam Stout: Cultural History, Race, and Peoples

3 Did Prehistoric Man Bury his Deada Early Debates on Palaeolithic Burials in a National Context

4 Robert Chapman: Death, Burial, and Social Representation

5 Susan Kus: Death and the Cultural Entanglements of the Experienced, the Learned, the Expressed, the Contested, and the Imagined

Part 2: The Nature of the Evidence

6 Charlotte Roberts: The Bioarchaeology of Health and Well-being: Its Contribution to Understanding the Past

7 Barbara Bramanti: The Use of DNA Analysis in the Archaeology of Death and Burial

8 Gunilla Eriksson: Stable Isotope Analysis of Humans

9 Jacqueline McKinley: Cremation: Excavation, Analysis and Interpretation of Material from Cremation-related Contexts

10 Fredrik Ekengren: Contextualising Grave Goods: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodological Implications

Part 3: The Human Experience of Death across Cultural Contexts

11 Howard Williams: Death, Memory, and Material Culture: Catalytic Commemoration and the Cremated Dead

12 David Edwards: African Perspectives on Death, Burial, and Mortuary Archaeology

13 Lars Fogelin: The Place of Veneration in Early South Asican Buddhism

14 Andrew Petersen: The Archaeology of Death and Burial in the Islamic World

15 Deirdre O Sullivan: Burial of the Christian Dead in the Later Middle Ages

16 Estella Weiss-Krejci: The Unburied Dead

17 Julien Riel-Salvatore and Claudine Gravel-Miguel: Upper Palaeolithic Mortuary Practices in Eurasia: A Critical Look at the Burial Record

18 Chantal Coneller: Power and Society: Mesolithic Europe

19 James Brown: Archaeological Study of Mortuary Practices in the Eastern United States

20 Robert Chapman: The Living and the Dead in Later Prehistoric Iberia

21 Peter Kaulicke: The Powerful Dead of the Inca

22 Joshua Wright: Land-ownership and Landscape Belief: Introduction and Contexts

23 Magdalena Midgley: Megaliths in North-West Europe: the Cosmology of Sacred Landscapes

24 John Robb: Creating Death: an Archaeology of Dying

25 Alexander Gramsch: Treating Bodies Transformative and Communicative Practices

26 Melanie Giles: Preserving the Body

27 Terje Oestigaard: Cremations in Culture and Cosmology

28 Chris Fowler: Identities in Transformation: Identities, Funerary Rites, and the Mortuary Process

29 Joanna Sofaer and Marie Louise Stig Sorensen: Death and Gender

30 Gillian Shepherd: Ancient Identities: Age, Gender, and Ethnicity in Ancient Greek Burials

31 Maureen Carroll: Ethnicity and Gender in Roman Funerary Commemoration: Case Studies from the Empire s Frontiers

32 Alice Yao: Engendering Ancestors through Death Ritual in Ancient China

33 Erica Hill: Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche

34 Sarah Tarlow: Belief and the Archaeology of Death

35 Erella Hovers and Anna Belfer-Cohen: Insights into Early Mortuary Practices of Homo

36 Claudia Naeser: Equipping and Stripping the Dead: A Case-study on the Procurement, Compilation, Arrangement, and FragSHmentSHation of Grave Inventories in New Kingdom Thebes

Part 4: The Ethics and Politics of Burial Archaeology

37 Sapient trouble-tombs'a Archaeologists'Mmoral Obligations to the Dead

38 Morag Kersel and Meredith Chesson: Looting Matters Early Bronze Age Cemeteries of Jordan's southeast Dead Sea Plain in the Past and Present

39 Joe Watkins: How Ancients Become Ammunition: Politics and Ethics of the Human Skeleton

40 Cressida Fforde: In Search of Others: the History and Legacy of 'race' collections

41 Colin Pardoe: Repatriation, Reburial, and Biological Research in Australia: Rhetoric and Practice

42 Layla Renshaw: The Archaeology and Material Culture of Modern Military Death

43 Layla Renshaw: The Exhumation of Civilian Victims of Conflict and Human Rights Abuses: Political, Ethical, and Theoretical Considerations

44 Liv Nilsson Stutz: Contested Burials: The Dead as Witnesses, Victims, and Tools

About the author: 

Sarah Tarlow is Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Leicester where she has taught and researched the archaeology of death and historical arcaheology since 2000. She has written several books and numerous academic articles and is an editor of Archaeological Dialogues.; Liv Nilsson Stutz is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Linnaeus University. She has published widely on the topics of mortuary ritual in the past and on the debate on repatriation and reburial, and is an editor of Archaeological Dialogues.

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