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- DescriptionHuman societies have disposed of their dead in a variety of ways. However, while considerable attention has been paid to bodies that were buried, comparatively little work has been devoted to understanding the nature of cremated remains, despite their visibility through time. It has been argued that this is the result of decades of misunderstanding regarding the potential information that this material holds, combined with properties that make burned bone inherently difficult to analyse. As such, there is a considerable body of kwledge on the concepts and practices of inhumation yet our understanding of cremation ritual and practice is by comparison, woefully inadequate. This timely volume therefore draws together the inventive methodology that has been developed for this material and combines it with a fuller interpretation of the archaeological funerary context. It demonstrates how an invative methodology, when applied to a challenging material, can produce new and exciting interpretations of archaeological sites and funerary contexts. The reader is introduced to the nature of burned human remains and the destructive effect that fire can have on the body. Subsequent chapters describe important cremation practices and sites from around the world and from the Neolithic period to the modern day. By emphasising the need for a robust methodology combined with a nuanced interpretation, it is possible to begin to appreciate the significance and wide-spread adoption of this practice of dealing with the dead.
- Author BiographyTim Thompson is a Reader in Biological & Forensic Anthropology in the School of Science & Engineering at Teeside University. His main areas of research focus on the human body and how it changes, particularly in the modern context, with emphasis on studying the effects of burning on the skeleton, the development of new analytical tools and the role of forensic anthropology.
- PublisherOxbow Books
- Date of Publication11/06/2015
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxbow Books
- Content Noteb/w and colour illustrations
- Weight612 g
- Width170 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byTim Thompson
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