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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology

Bioarchaeology of Mortuary Behaviour

Edited by: Christopher J. Knüsel , Eline M.J. Schotsmans

Print publication date:  April  2022
Online publication date:  April  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138492424
eBook ISBN: 9781351030625
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351030625
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The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology spans the gap between archaeology and biological anthropology, the field and laboratory, and between francophone and anglophone funerary archaeological approaches to the remains of the dead and the understanding of societies, past and present.



Interest in archaeothanatology has grown considerably in recent years in English-language scholarship. This timely publication moves away from anecdotal case studies to offer syntheses of archaeothanatological approaches with an eye to higher-level inferences about funerary behaviour and its meaning in the past. Written by francophone scholars who have contributed to the development of the field and anglophone scholars inspired by the approach, this volume offers detailed insight into the background and development of archaeothanatology, its theory, methods, applications, and its most recent advances, with a lexicon of related vocabulary.



This volume is a key source for archaeo-anthropologists and bioarchaeologists. It will benefit researchers, lecturers, practitioners and students in biological anthropology, archaeology, taphonomy and forensic science. Given the interdisciplinary nature of these disciplines, and the emphasis placed on analysis in situ, this book will also be of interest to specialists in entomology, (micro)biology and soil science.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Methodological Guidelines for Archaeothanatological Practice Download PDF
Chapter  2:  A Tale of Two Worlds Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Words Between Two Worlds Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Secondary Cremation Burials of Past Populations Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Accompanying Dead Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Denied Funeral Rites Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Early Primary Burials Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Earliest European Burials Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Beyond the Formal Analysis of Funerary Practices? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  WHAT CAN ARCHAEOTHANATOLOGY ADD? A case study of new knowledge and theoretical implications in the re-study of Mesolithic burials in Sweden and Denmark Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Neolithic Burials of Infants and Children Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Defining Collective Burials Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Different Burial Types But Common Practice Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Deathways of the Durotriges Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Roman Cemetery of Porta Nocera at Pompeii Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Reopening Graves for the Removal of Objects and Bones Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Cluniac Funerary Practices Download PDF
Chapter  18:  ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Jewish Funerary Practices in Medieval Europe Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Islamic Burials Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Recognising A Slave Cemetery Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Archaeothanatological Approaches to Associated Remains in European Funerary Contexts Download PDF
Chapter  23:  An Archaeothanatological Approach to the Identification of Late Anglo-Saxon Burials in Wooden Containers Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Ceramic Studies in Funerary Contexts from Roman Gaul Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Animal Remains in Burials Download PDF
Chapter  26:  THE WALKING DEAD – LIFE AFTER DEATHArchaeoentomological evidence in a Roman catacomb Download PDF
Chapter  27:  From Flesh to Bone Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Exploring the Use of Actualistic Forensic Taphonomy in the Study of (Forensic) Archaeological Human Burials Download PDF
Chapter  29:  An Experimental Approach to the Interpretation of Prehistoric Cremation and Cremation Burials Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Taphonomic and Archaeothanatological Potentials of Diagenetic Alterations of Archaeological Bone Download PDF
Chapter  31:  3D Models as Useful Tools in Archaeothanatology Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Use of Archaeothanatology in Preventive (Salvage/Rescue) Archaeology and Field Research Archaeology Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Managing and Reburying Ancient Human Remains in France Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Lexicon of Terms Used in Archaeothanatology Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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