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The Resource Death and burial in Iron Age Britain, D. W. Harding

Death and burial in Iron Age Britain, D. W. Harding

Label
Death and burial in Iron Age Britain
Title
Death and burial in Iron Age Britain
Statement of responsibility
D. W. Harding
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Archaeologists have long acknowledged the absence of a regular and recurrent burial rite in the British Iron Age, and have looked to rites such as cremation and scattering of remains to explain the minimal impact of funerary practices on the archaeological record. Pit-burials or the deposit of disarticulated bones in settlements have been dismissed as casual disposal or the remains of social outcasts. In Death and Burial in Iron Age Britain, Harding examines the deposition of human and animal remains from the period - from whole skeletons to disarticulated fragments - and challenges the assumption that there should have been any regular form of cemetery in prehistory, arguing that the dead were more commonly integrated into settlements of the living than segregated into dedicated cemeteries. Even where cemeteries are known, they may yet represent no more than a minority of the total population, so that other forms of disposal must still have been practised. A further example of this can be found in hillforts which, in addition to domestic and agricultural settlements, evidently played an important role in funerary ritual, as secure community centres where excarnation and display of the dead may have made them a potent symbol of identity. The volume evaluates the evidence for violent death, sacrifice, and cannibalism, as well as age and gender distinctions, and associations with animal burials, and reveals that 'formal' cemetery burial or cremation was for most regions a minority practice in Britain until the eve of the Roman conquest
Cataloging source
ERASA
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Harding, D. W.
Dewey number
569.9
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN805
LC item number
.H373 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Burial
  • Iron age
  • Great Britain
  • Antiquities
  • Burial
  • Iron age
  • Great Britain
Label
Death and burial in Iron Age Britain, D. W. Harding
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-319 and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
905487147
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780199687565
Lccn
2015931990
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)905487147
Label
Death and burial in Iron Age Britain, D. W. Harding
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-319 and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
905487147
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 328 pages
Isbn
9780199687565
Lccn
2015931990
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)905487147

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