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Deviant Burial in the Archaeological Record


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Introduction (Eileen M Murphy) Unusual burials and necrophobia: An insight into the burial archaeology of fear (Anastasia Tsaliki) What actually is a 'deviant burial'? Comparing German-language and Anglophone research on 'deviant burials' (Edeltraud Aspoeck) Odd one out? Earlier Neolithic deposition of human remains in caves and rock shelters in the Yorkshire Dales (Stephany Leach) The value palaeoteratology and forensic pathology for the understanding of atypical burials: Two Mediterranean examples from the field (Philippe Charlier) Ritual inhumations and 'deposits' of children among the Geto-Dacians (Valeriu Sirbu) Aspects of deviant burial in Roman Britain (Alison Taylor) Normal, deviant and atypical: Burial variation in late Saxon Wessex, c. AD 700-1100 (Annia Kristina Cherryson) Charcoal burial: A minority burial rite in early Medieval Europe (James Holloway) Off with their heads: The Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery at Walkington Wold, East Yorkshire (Jo Buckberry) Unusual life, unusual death and the fate of the corpse: A case study from dynastic Europe (Estella Weiss-Krejci) The origins of Cillini in Ireland (Colm J Donnelly and Eileen M Murphy) Grief, grievance and grandeur: An eighteenth-century mausoleum in Mainham, Co. Kildare (Mark Gordon)

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edited by Eileen M Murphy


The strength of this volume lies in its collation of historical, archaeological, osteological and palaeopathological evidence for differential treatment of the dead from European contexts dating from the Neolithic through to the Post-medieval period.' -- Journal of Archaeological Science Journal of Archaeological Science A veritable romp through the odd, the strange and the largely unexplained.' -- Cambridge Archaeological Journal Cambridge Archaeological Journal ...diverse case studies are where the real strength of the book lies, each of which has clearly been carefully selected... A significant contribution to existing literature on deviant burial.' -- The Kelingrove Review 4 The Kelingrove Review 4

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