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

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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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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction 1
1 A Brief History Historical Mortuary Archaeology 2
2 Theoretical Approaches 5
3 Summary 11
Folk Traditions and High Culture: Funerary and Commemorative Practice to the Early 18th Century 13
1 Death 13
2 The Funeral 14
3 Burial Grounds 15
4 Internal Memorials 22
5 External Memorials 24
A Maturing Industry: The Mid-18th Century to Early 20th Century 35
1 The Funeral 36
2 Mourning 40
3 Commemoration 41
4 Burial Grounds and Cemeteries 42
5 Internal Memorials 54
6 External Memorials 58
7 Decoration and Symbols 75
8 Text 80
A Marginalized Activity: From After World War I 83
1 The Funeral 84
2 Mourning 87
3 Commemoration 87
4 Burial Grounds and Cemeteries 89
5 Internal Memorials 93
6 External Memorials 93
Production and Consumption 105
1 Funerary and Mourning Paraphernalia 105
2 Commemoration 107
3 Temporal Change 116
4 Spatial Change 117
Social Structures 121
1 The Relationship between Living Communities and Burial Ground Populations 121
2 Status 122
3 Family Structures 124
4 Institutional Structures 131
5 Patterns of Dependency 131
6 Social Hierarchies 132
7 Necrogeography 133
8 Emulation 134
Identities 137
1 Religious Affiliation 138
2 Ethnicity 145
3 Linguistic Group 147
4 Vocational Identity 148
Attitudes toward Death, the Body and Remembrance 157
1 The Manner of Death 158
2 Attitudes toward the Body 159
3 Grave Refurbishment 174
Carrying Out a Study 179
1 Methodological Issues 179
2 Project Fieldwork Planning 189
3 Sampling 194
4 Survey 196
5 Researching Memorials 201
6 Analysis 205
7 Excavation 207
Conservation, Education, and Display 211
1 Ethics and Methods of Conservation 211
2 Historic Burial Grounds in Education 217
3 Public Interpretation and Display 222
App. 1: Examples of Recording Systems 229
App. 2: Useful Addresses 233
Bibliography 235
Index 261
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