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11. Funerary Customs of the Silk Road Cultures and Eurasian Acculturation

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1. Title Title of document 11. Funerary Customs of the Silk Road Cultures and Eurasian Acculturation - Case Studies in the Silk Roads Archaeology
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Branka Franicevic; PhD Candidate, University of Bradford;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Silk Road; history of trade; trade route; landscape archaeology; Antiquity; Middle Age; early Modern History; Afro-Eurasian trade
5. Subject Subject classification Silk Road; History of Trade
6. Description Abstract The Silk Road routes served as a cultural bridge between East and West. Consequently, certain aspects of funerary archaeology associated with the trade network may disclose a range of cultural adaptations, reflecting the efforts of travellers to accommodate to the environments they encountered. Funerary rituals and artefacts are often connected with symbolic expressions of ethnic identity. The choice of body disposal could reveal not only aspects of cosmological beliefs but also a sense of identity that may or may not be common for the geographical location. This study explores ritual and symbolism of the specific areas of grave practices and furniture, to include: decoration of sarcophagi and funerary beds, the inclusion of grave goods and personal belongings. The first theme discusses the origin and spread of burial masks among Eurasian mounted nomads. The second draws a parallel between sociological processes and patterns of material culture between Turkish burial customs and those of north Chinese territories.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Feb-2023
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.42858
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Case Studies in the Silk Roads Archaeology
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Silk Road,
4th millennium BC to the 10th century AD
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd