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Death and Dying in the Neolithic Near East$
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Karina Croucher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693955.001.0001

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Interpretation and Practice

Interpretation and Practice

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(p.63) 3 Interpretation and Practice
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Death and Dying in the Neolithic Near East
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Karina Croucher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693955.003.0003

This chapter discusses some of the theoretical means by which the evidence is approached with regards to the mortuary practices of the Neolithic Near East. It first provides a brief history of archaeological theory, specifically in relation to mortuary archaeology, with particular emphasis on the main theoretical trends in archaeological practice such as culture-history, New Archaeology, processualism and post-processualism, as well as the impact of these theoretical approaches on the study of the Neolithic Near East. It then turns to an analysis of mortuary practices in the Near East.

Keywords:   mortuary practices, Neolithic, Near East, archaeological theory, archaeology, culture-history, New Archaeology, processualism, post-processualism

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