Archaeologies of Remembrance: Death and Memory in Past Societies

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Howard Williams
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 31, 2003 - Social Science - 310 pages

How did past communities and individuals remember through social and ritual practices? How important were mortuary practices in processes of remembering and forgetting the past?

This innovative new research work focuses upon identifying strategies of remembrance. Evidence can be found in a range of archaeological remains including the adornment and alteration of the body in life and death, the production, exchange, consumption and destruction of material culture, the construction, use and reuse of monuments, and the social ordering of architectural space and the landscape. This book shows how in the past, as today, shared memories are important and defining aspects of social and ritual traditions, and the practical actions of dealing with and disposing of the dead can form a central focus for the definition of social memory.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Building from Memory
25
Rates of Exchange
45
Technologies of Remembrance
65
Tales from the Dead
89
Remembering Rome
113
Objects without a past?
141
Iconoclasm Belief and Memory in Early Medieval Wales
171
Memories in Stone
193
Memory Salvation and Ambiguity
215
Remembering and Forgetting the Medieval Dead
227
Memories of the Early Medieval Past
255
Dyster står dösen
281
Index
301
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