What is Funerary Archaeology?

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Abstract

Funerary (or mortuary) archaeology can be summarized as the study of the world of the long dead. This includes the study of dead bodies, certainly, but also investigation into funerary rituals, mortuary landscapes, the stuff placed with the deceased in a grave, and a society’s beliefs about death and the afterlife. Funerary archaeology is therefore a complicated undertaking, and involves looking at the biographical, demographic, religious, social, and political dimensions of human burial—categories that are interrelated and sometimes conflicting, but which can help inform the questions we ask during each mortuary excavation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Five-Minute Archaeologist in the southern Levant
EditorsCynthia Shafer-Elliott
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Publication date2016
Pages174-177
ISBN (Print)9781781792421
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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Dixon, H. M. (2016). What is Funerary Archaeology? In C. Shafer-Elliott (Ed.), The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the southern Levant (pp. 174-177). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.
Dixon, Helen Marie. / What is Funerary Archaeology?. The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the southern Levant. editor / Cynthia Shafer-Elliott. Sheffield : Equinox Publishing, 2016. pp. 174-177
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The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the southern Levant. ed. / Cynthia Shafer-Elliott. Sheffield : Equinox Publishing, 2016. p. 174-177.

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Dixon HM. What is Funerary Archaeology? In Shafer-Elliott C, editor, The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the southern Levant. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing. 2016. p. 174-177