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Understanding past funerary practices: a multi-disciplinary perspective

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ConferenceEuropean Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2019
CountrySwitzerland
CityBern
Conference date(s)4/09/198/09/19

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DateUnpublished - 2019
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Funerary practices of the Neolithic of Southwest Asia (the Near East) are frequently
framed in terms of social status and emerging hierarchies. This paper draws on
interdisciplinary research into death, dying and bereavement, through the AHRC-funded ‘Continuing Bonds: exploring the meaning and legacy of death through past and contemporary practice’ project, a collaboration between archaeologists and End of Life Care professionals (University of Bradford / LOROS Hospice, Leicester). The project has inspired debates around whether archaeological evidence is missing a vital component in our interpretations, through neglecting concepts of emotion, grief and bereavement in analysing funerary practices. While reactions to grief are culturally constructed and situational, we ask whether exploring the concept in relation to Çatalhöyük and other sites in the region can offer new avenues of understanding funerary remains and inform a debate which moves beyond considerations of status and hierarchy to consider emotion, identity, death and loss in the past.

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