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

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Overview

For too long graveyard studies have been seen as an eccentric byway rather than a specialist subject area with as much to contribute as the study of ceramics, building types or faunal remains. As a category of material evidence with variety of form, decoration and text, it is suitable for many forms of analysis. Graveyard memorials form a rich seam of archaeological evidence, but publication is often in a local format. The situating of mortuary studies within the local is both valuable and stimulating, but it can mean that valuable studies of interest to others are not discovered. This practical volume focuses on the study of historic burial ground monuments but also covers some below ground archaeology, as some projects will involve the study of both. The linking between above and below ground data has rarely been achieved, and the integration of graveyard data within settlement and landscape archaeology has also been likewise rarely attempted. Some areas covered are: A brief history and theoretical approached to historic mortuary archaeology; Attitudes to death, the body and remembrance; How to carry out a study; Conservation, education, and display. Mortuary Monuments and Burial Grounds of the Historic Period will be an incomparable source for academic archaeologists, cultural resource and heritage management archaeologists, government heritage agencies, and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of archaeology focused on the historic or post-medieval period, as well as forensic researchers and anthropologists.

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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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