The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology: Bioarchaeology of Mortuary Behaviour

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology

Bioarchaeology of Mortuary Behaviour
 
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ISBN13:9781138492424
ISBN10:1138492426
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:768 pages
Size:246x174 mm
Weight:1680 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 220 Illustrations, black & white; 196 Halftones, black & white; 24 Line drawings, black & white; 33 Tables, black & white
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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.


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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.



Winner of the European Association of Archaeologists Archaeology Book Prize 2023



'For too long, language has divided French and English-speaking researchers over approaches to the archaeology of death. This very substantial volume brings them together for the first time in a major endeavour which reveals the range and potential of archaeothanatological approaches.' ~ Mike Parker Pearson, University College London, United Kingdom



'Harking back on many decades of evolving archaeothanatology in action, this book certainly sets a new global standard both in burial excavations and depositional reconstructions of human skeletal remains and their contexts.' ~ Vera Tiesler, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico



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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Archaeothanatology, funerary archaeology and bioarchaeology: perspectives on the long view of death and the dead


 Christopher J. Knüsel and Eline M.J. Schotsmans



Part I: Archaeothanatology ? methodological guidelines


1. Methodological guidelines for archaeothanatological practice


Frédérique Blaizot


2. A tale of two worlds: Terminologies in archaeothanatology


Bruno Boulestin


3. Words between two worlds: Collective graves and related issues in burial terminology


Bruno Boulestin and Patrice Courtaud


4. Secondary cremation burials of past populations: Some methodological procedures for excavation, bone fragment identification and sex determination


Germaine Depierre


5. The accompanying dead


Bruno Boulestin


6. Denied funeral rites: The contribution of the archaeothanatological approach


Aurore Schmitt



Part II: Period
-specific applications


7. Early primary burials: Evidence from Southwestern Asia


Anne
-marie Tillier


8. The earliest European burials


Bruno Maureille


9. Beyond the formal analysis of funerary practices? Archaeothanatology as a reflexive tool for considering the role of the dead amongst the living: A Natufian case study


Fanny Bocquentin


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


Liv Nilsson Stutz


11. Neolithic burials of infants and children


Mélie Le Roy and Stéphane Rottier


12. Defining collective burials: Three case studies


Aurore Schmitt


13. Different burial types but common practice: The case of the funerary complex at Barbuise and La Saulsotte (France) at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age


Stéphane Rottier


14. Deathways of the Durotriges: Reconstructing identity through archaeothanatology in later Iron Age southern Britain


Karina Gerdau
-Radonić, Janne Sperrevik, Martin Smith, Paul Cheetham, and Miles Russell


15. The Roman cemetery of Porta Nocera at Pompeii: The contribution of osteological re
-associations to the study of secondary cremation burials


Henri Duday


16. Reopening graves for the removal of objects and bones: Cultural practices and looting


Edeltraud Aspöck, Karina Gerdau
-Radonić and Astrid Noterman


17. Cluniac funerary practices


Eleanor Williams


18. ?Bring out your dead?: Funerary and public health practices in times of epidemic disease


Dominique Castex and Sacha Kacki


19. Jewish funerary practices in Medieval Europe


Philippe Blanchard


20. Islamic burials: Muslim graves and graves of Muslims


Yves Gleize


21. Recognising a slave cemetery: An example from colonial
-period Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles


Patrice Courtaud and Thomas Romon



Part III: Archaeothanatology of associated remains


22. Archaeothanatological approaches to associated remains in funerary contexts in Europe: An overview


Isabelle Cartron and Aurélie Zemour


23. An archaeothanatological approach to the identification of late Anglo
-Saxon burials in wooden containers


Emma C. Green


24. Ceramic studies in funerary contexts from Roman Gaul


Christine Bonnet


25. Animal remains in burials


Patrice Méniel


26. The walking dead ? life after death: archaeoentomological evidence in a Roman catacomb: (Saints Marcellinus and Peter, central area, 1st
-3rd century AD)


Jean
-Bernard Huchet and Dominique Castex



Part IV: Applied sciences, experiments and legal considerations



27. From flesh to bone: building bridges between taphonomy, archaeothanatology and forensic science for a better understanding of mortuary practices


Eline M.J. Schotsmans, Patrice Georges
-Zimmerman, Maiken Ueland, and Boyd B. Dent


28. Exploring the use of actualistic forensic taphonomy in the study of (forensic) archaeological human burials: An actualistic experimental research programme at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University (FACTS), San Marcos, Texas


Hayley L. Mickleburgh, Daniel J. Wescott, Sarah Gluschitz, and M. Victor Klinkenberg


29. An experimental approach to the interpretation of prehistoric cremation and cremation burials


Mogens B. Henriksen


30. The taphonomic and archaeothanatological potentials of diagenetic alterations of archaeological bone


Thomas J. Booth, David Brönniman, Richard Madgwick, and Cordula Portmann


31. 3D models as useful tools in archaeothanatology


Géraldine Sachau
-Carcel


32. Use of archaeothanatology in preventive (salvage/rescue) archaeology and field research archaeology


Mark Guillon


33. Managing and reburying ancient human remains in France: From legal and ethical concerns to field practices


Gaëlle Clavandier



Part V: Lexicon of archaeothanatological terms



34. Lexicon of terms used in archaeothanatology: A work still in the process of becoming


Christopher J. Knüsel, Karina Gerdau
-Radonić, and Eline M.J. Schotsmans