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Regional Patterns and the Cultural Implications of Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Burial Practices in Britain

Roth, Nicole (2012) Regional Patterns and the Cultural Implications of Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Burial Practices in Britain. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

The following thesis investigates potential regional patterns of Iron Age burial practices and the cultural implications thereof. It is a literary-based assessment of 100 sites that date between the Late Bronze Age and the Late Iron Age that all contain human remains. The analysis consists of a systematic methodology that allows one to assess objectively relationships between burial characteristics, both on the site level and regional scale. This approach indicated a temporal relationship with the manner of disposal (inhumations, disarticulated bones and cremations), which is also regionally distinct. Furthermore, this study highlights other common and repeated Iron Age burial themes, such as differential treatment to infants, incorporating earlier monuments in their burial traditions, using remains to mark places of liminal qualities and economic significance, and bone deposition adhering to a specific spatial pattern with buildings, particularly roundhouses. In essence, the study demonstrates that the processing of the corpse and the spatial context of the human remains deposit are central for understanding the community’s perception of the bones and, thus, the meaning of the deposition. The core concept is that Iron Age communities practised various ritual processes, each with a different purpose, but using the same medium - human remains.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Iron Age; Late Bronze Age; Britain; Funerary;
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Archaeology (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Archaeology (Sheffield)

The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Nicole Roth
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:49
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2646

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