Cremation and the Archaeology of Death by Jessica Cerezo-RomanCremation and the Archaeology of Death by Jessica Cerezo-Roman

Cremation and the Archaeology of Death

EditorJessica Cerezo-Roman, Anna Wessman, Howard Williams

Hardcover | May 27, 2017

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The fiery transformation of the dead is replete in our popular culture and Western modernity's death ways, and yet it is increasingly evident how little this disposal method is understood by archaeologists and students of cognate disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In thisregard, the archaeological study of cremation has much to offer. Cremation is a fascinating and widespread theme and entry-point in the exploration of the variability of mortuary practices among past societies. Seeking to challenge simplistic narratives of cremation in the past and present, the studies in this volume seek to confront and explore the challenges of interpreting the variability of cremation by contending with complex networks of modern allusions and imaginings of cremations past and presentand ongoing debates regarding how we identify and interpret cremation in the archaeological record. Using a series of original case studies, the book investigates the archaeological traces of cremation in a varied selection of prehistoric and historic contexts from the Mesolithic to the present inorder to explore cremation from a practice-oriented and historically situated perspective.
Jessica Cerezo-Roman is a College Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. She also wroks as a bioarchaeologist consultant for the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Centro INAH Sonora, Mexico. She completed her PhD at The University of Arizona in 2014. Anna Wessman is a Visiting Research F...
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Title:Cremation and the Archaeology of DeathFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:May 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198798118

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Table of Contents

1. Howard Williams, Jessica I. Cerezo-Roman, and Anna Wessman: Introduction: Archaeologies of CremationPart 1: Relational Fiery Technologies2. Amy Gray Jones: Cremation and the Use of Fire in Mesolithic Mortuary Practices in North-West Europe3. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury: Rediscovering the Body: Cremation and Inhumation in Early Iron Age Central Europe4. Ruth Nugent: Two of a Kind: Conceptual Similarities between Cremation and Inhumation in Early Anglo-Saxon England5. Lynne Goldstein: Fiery Technology' and Transformative Placemaking: A Contextual Examination of a 'Crematory' at the Aztalan Site in Wisconsin6. Douglas H. Ubelaker: Interpretation of Burned Human Remains: Lessons from Modern Forensic CasePart 2: Transforming and Commemorating with Cremation7. Gabriel Cooney: Pathways for the Dead in the Middle and Late Bronze Age in Ireland8. Anna Rost: Building by Stone and Bone: Handling Cremated Remains in Late Bronze Age Sweden9. Jessica I. Cerezo-Roman, Koen Deforce, Denis Henrotay and Wim Van Neer: From Life to Death: Dynamics of Personhood in Gallo-Roman Funeral Customs, Luxemburg Province, Belgium10. Anna Wessman and Howard Williams: Building for the Cremated Dead: Ephemeral and Cumulative ConstructionsPart 3: Space and Time in Cremating Societies11. Jarkko Saipio: The Emergence of Cremations in Eastern Fennoscandia: Changing Uses of Fire in Ritual Contexts12. Lise Harvig: Land of the Cremated Dead: On Cremation Practices in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Scandinavia13. Kirsty E. Squires: Come Rain or Shine? The Social Implications of Seasonality and Weather on the Cremation Rite in Early Anglo-Saxon England14. Howard Williams and Anna Wessman: The Contemporary Archaeology of Urban Cremation