Archaeologies of Remembrance

Death and Memory in Past Societies

  • Howard Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Howard Williams
    Pages 1-24
  3. Vicki Cummings
    Pages 25-43
  4. Chris Fowler
    Pages 45-63
  5. Andrew Jones
    Pages 65-88
  6. Mike Williams
    Pages 89-112
  7. Valerie M. Hope
    Pages 113-140
  8. Hella Eckardt, Howard Williams
    Pages 141-170
  9. David Petts
    Pages 193-213
  10. Victoria Thompson
    Pages 215-226
  11. Howard Williams
    Pages 227-254
  12. Bonnie Effros
    Pages 255-280
  13. Cornelius Holtorf
    Pages 281-299
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 301-310

About this book


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.


Ritual individual material culture mortuary practice past societies remembrance ritual practice social memory technologies of remembrance

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiff, WalesUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4845-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9222-2
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