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1. Title Title of document List of Tables - The Public Archaeology of Death
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Howard Williams; University of Chester;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) archaeology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) burial; commemoration of the dead; human remains; mortuary archaeology; osteoarchaeology; mortality; material culture
 
5. Subject Subject classification mortuary archaeology
 
6. Description Abstract From the tomb of Tutankhamun to the grave of Richard III, archaeologists have studied, displayed and debated rich and varied evidence of the burial and commemoration of the dead from past times to the present day. Mortuary data is not only a key window into the human past, it defines and resonates through 20th and 21st-century popular culture. Yet, in many regards, archaeologists’ engagements with death and the dead are contentious and problematic, emotional and political. For instance, in what circumstances if at all is it ethical to dig up and display human remains? What do people learn from meeting ancient people in museums and heritage sites? How significant is mortuary archaeology in our own present-day imaginings of prehistoric and historical societies, as well as fantastical and fictional societies portrayed in literature and film?


Tackling questions such as these, osteoarchaeologists and mortuary archaeologists have often found themselves at the forefront of the public engagements for interdisciplinary and archaeological research. This book identifies a series of lacunae in recent discussions of mortuary archaeology’s interactions with contemporary society. It aims to re-evaluate the range and character of public mortuary archaeology critically through a range of case studies from the UK, Europe and farther afield. In particular, this book seeks to address a network of relationships between mortality, material culture and archaeological theory, method and practice through a series of themes that connect the digging, display and dissemination of mortuary contexts and remains with wider popular culture themes and media.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/37188
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37188
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Public Archaeology of Death
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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