Archaeologists and the dead: mortuary archaeology in by Howard Williams

By Howard Williams

This quantity addresses the connection among archaeologists and the useless, during the many dimensions in their relationships: within the box (through functional and criminal issues); within the lab (through their research and interpretation); and of their written, visible and exhibitionary perform - disseminated to numerous educational and public audiences. Written from a number of views, its authors tackle the Read more...


This publication is ready how archaeologists take care of the lifeless, and the way the traditional useless in flip have a long-lasting impact upon us. It questions the aim of operating with human is still, not only within the UK, Read more...

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Moreover there was no constraint imposed upon archaeologists as to who could answer questions from the public when asked. However, there was an element of selfcensorship during conversation; archaeologists were often keen to be vague and offered minimal detail of what was happening. Archaeologists, including myself, played down the aspects of the work that they perceived other people may have thought troubling. Consequently, access to the site work was carefully controlled and this sense of self-censorship lasted through to the completion of the site report.

Moreover, the relationship between regulations and actual practice in cemetery organization and grave management has rarely been explored in the three-dimensional environment provided by the Assistens Questions Raised in Excavating the Recent Dead 25 project. Therefore, the work at Assistens has the potential to shed new light on gravediggers’ practices including the work involved in removing earlier burials when cleaning out old grave plots. Comparisons of personal grave-goods, coffin materials, and decoration can also stand out as creating a source of information on what was chosen by the family in relation to the normative funerary culture expected in society.

M. , Chapman, M. , and Drew, R. 2009. Should we display the dead? Museum and Society, 7(3), 133–49. Allen, P. 2013. Glasgow’s Ghost Dance shirt: reflections on a circle to complete, in M. Clegg, R. Redfern, J. Bekvalac, and H. Bonney (eds) Global Ancestors: Understanding the Shared Humanity of our Ancestors, 63–80, Oxford: Oxbow. BABAO 2010. Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology: Code of Practice. uk/index/ethics-and-standards (Accessed 16 June 2014). , and Snelling, H. 2011.

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