Mortuary Monuments and Burial Grounds of the Historic Period

  • Harold Mytum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 229-274

About this book


Burial grounds strike an immediate chord with all who visit them. They are land­ scapes full of pathos and cultural associations which many find attractive, though a minority feel are too morbid to deserve detailed attention. This book is designed to offer a framework for studying historic burial ground monuments, and contains a certain amount of information regarding below-ground archaeology, as some projects will involve the study of both. Moreover, from a research perspective above and below ground archaeology together can throw considerable light on the process of dying, body disposal and commemoration that formed a continuum for those involved. However, the more easily accessible graveyard memorials can be used to study many aspects of past culture beyond that directly associated with death, and they are the focus of the book. Most people who become interested in historic graveyard memorials come to the subject via the material itself. Only rarely does a research question get posed, and graveyard data seem like an appropriate arena for investigation. This has the advantage that many researchers have some ideas about the data available, but the disadvantage that they may not have clear questions to ask of it, nor how to set their discoveries in a wider intellectual context.


Memoria burial grounds faunal remains graveyard studies ground archaeology heritage management historic burial ground monuments landscape landscape archaeology material culture mortuary monuments mortuary studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Harold Mytum
    • 1
  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-48076-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9038-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-5752
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