Understanding past funerary practices: a multi-disciplinary perspective

Karina T. Croucher, Christina Faull, Laura Iraine Green, Lindsey Sarah Buster, Jennifer E. Dayes

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019
EventEuropean Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2019 - Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 4 Sept 20198 Sept 2019


ConferenceEuropean Association of Archaeologists Annual Meeting 2019

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