Industrial archaeology of the burial landscape

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Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Industrial Archaeology
DatePublished - 12 Apr 2022
Number of pages14
PublisherOxford: Oxford University Press
EditorsEleanor Conlin Casella, Michael Nevell, Hanna Steyne
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9780199693962


The study of churchyards and cemeteries can benefit from the application of core questions and methods of industrial archaeology, which encourages more detailed interrogation of fundamentals including the evolution of burial space over time in a particular location, and a higher level of attention to definition, ownership and purpose of the different types of spaces used for interment. Industrial archaeological approaches also invite exploration of the infrastructure of burial spaces; the scientific principles guiding the task of cemetery management; and the ‘working knowledge’ of gravediggers whose practices might follow more pragmatic imperatives. The framework of industrial archaeology carries the potential to consider new priorities for conservation, at the same time as highlighting tensions around the audiences and purpose of industrial heritage and interpretation.

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