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The Emergent PastA Relational Realist Archaeology of Early Bronze Age Mortuary Practices$
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Chris Fowler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199656370.001.0001

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Changing places, changing communities

Changing places, changing communities

(p.170) 5 Changing places, changing communities
The Emergent Past

Chris Fowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age mortuary practices in North-East England and their relationship with places and landscapes. In particular, it considers the sites chosen for mortuary activity, including the funerary transformation of the recently deceased, burial, intercession with the dead, and production of cemeteries and mounds. It first looks at the key features of landscapes of North-East England that became intertwined with mortuary activity before turning to an analysis of patterns where the dead were buried. It then discusses the changing character of places where the dead were assembled, including cemeteries, cairns, barrows, henges, sites with isolated burials, and rock shelters. Finally, the chapter explores the composition of and evidence for other activities at some of these locales to place the treatment of the dead within the context of other practices.

Keywords:   mortuary practices, Chalcolithic, Early Bronze Age, North-East England, places, landscapes, dead, cemeteries, burials, rock shelters

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