Mortuary Monuments and Burial Grounds of the Historic Period / Edition 1

Mortuary Monuments and Burial Grounds of the Historic Period / Edition 1

by Harold Mytum
     
 

ISBN-10: 030648076X

ISBN-13: 9780306480768

Pub. Date: 12/31/2003

Publisher: Springer US

This study of historic mortuary data has been underdeveloped in many cultures and societies although, as Mytum argues, it has the potential to add much to social and cultural history alongside settlement and artefactual evidence. This book provides a chronological outline of the history of mortuary research from before the 18th century to post-World War I, as well as…  See more details below

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This study of historic mortuary data has been underdeveloped in many cultures and societies although, as Mytum argues, it has the potential to add much to social and cultural history alongside settlement and artefactual evidence. This book provides a chronological outline of the history of mortuary research from before the 18th century to post-World War I, as well as a discussion of the current state of knowledge and a practical guide to studying historic mortuary data. With examples from North America and Britain in particular, Mytum examines the nature of funerary and commemorative practices and how these changed over time. He goes on to outline some of the areas which can benefit from mortuary evidence such as studies into social structure, identities, attitudes towards death and commemoration, and social change. Sections on the practicalities of studying and recording mortuary material, as well as issues of conservation, education and the public are discussed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306480768
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Series:
Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2004
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,020,698
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction1
1A Brief History Historical Mortuary Archaeology2
2Theoretical Approaches5
3Summary11
Folk Traditions and High Culture: Funerary and Commemorative Practice to the Early 18th Century13
1Death13
2The Funeral14
3Burial Grounds15
4Internal Memorials22
5External Memorials24
A Maturing Industry: The Mid-18th Century to Early 20th Century35
1The Funeral36
2Mourning40
3Commemoration41
4Burial Grounds and Cemeteries42
5Internal Memorials54
6External Memorials58
7Decoration and Symbols75
8Text80
A Marginalized Activity: From After World War I83
1The Funeral84
2Mourning87
3Commemoration87
4Burial Grounds and Cemeteries89
5Internal Memorials93
6External Memorials93
Production and Consumption105
1Funerary and Mourning Paraphernalia105
2Commemoration107
3Temporal Change116
4Spatial Change117
Social Structures121
1The Relationship between Living Communities and Burial Ground Populations121
2Status122
3Family Structures124
4Institutional Structures131
5Patterns of Dependency131
6Social Hierarchies132
7Necrogeography133
8Emulation134
Identities137
1Religious Affiliation138
2Ethnicity145
3Linguistic Group147
4Vocational Identity148
Attitudes toward Death, the Body and Remembrance157
1The Manner of Death158
2Attitudes toward the Body159
3Grave Refurbishment174
Carrying Out a Study179
1Methodological Issues179
2Project Fieldwork Planning189
3Sampling194
4Survey196
5Researching Memorials201
6Analysis205
7Excavation207
Conservation, Education, and Display211
1Ethics and Methods of Conservation211
2Historic Burial Grounds in Education217
3Public Interpretation and Display222
App. 1: Examples of Recording Systems229
App. 2: Useful Addresses233
Bibliography235
Index261

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