The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

42. What is Funerary Archaeology?

The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Helen Dixon
University of Helsinki

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Funerary (or mortuary) archaeology can be summarized as the study of the world of the long dead. This includes the study of dead bodies, certainly, but also investigation into funerary rituals, mortuary landscapes, the stuff placed with the deceased in a grave, and a society’s beliefs about death and the afterlife. Funerary archaeology is therefore a complicated undertaking, and involves looking at the biographical, demographic, religious, social, and political dimensions of human burial—categories that are interrelated and sometimes conflicting, but which can help inform the questions we ask during each mortuary excavation.

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Dixon, Helen. 42. What is Funerary Archaeology?. The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 174-177 Sep 2016. ISBN 9781781792421. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27887. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27887. Sep 2016

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