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Cremation and the Archaeology of Death

Jessica Cerezo-Román, Anna Wessman, and Howard Williams


The fiery transformation of the dead is replete in our popular culture and Western modernity's death ways, and yet it is increasingly evident how little this disposal method is understood by archaeologists and students of cognate disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In this regard, the archaeological study of cremation has much to offer. Cremation is a fascinating and widespread theme and entry-point in the exploration of the variability of mortuary practices among past societies. Seeking to challenge simplistic narratives of cremation in the past and present, the studies in thi ... More

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Cerezo-Román, editor

Anna Wessman, editor

Howard Williams, editor

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1 Introduction: Archaeologies of Cremation

Howard Williams and Jessica I. Cerezo-Román

Part I Relational Fiery Technologies

Part II Transforming and Commemorating with Cremation

Part III Space and Time in Cremating Societies

14 The Contemporary Archaeology of Urban Cremation

Howard Williams and Anna Wessman

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