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‘What is a mass grave? toward an anthropology of human remains treatment in contemporary contexts of mass violence’, in A. Robben (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of Death, John Wiley & Sons, 175-188.

Barley, N. 1997

Dancing on the Grave, London: Abacus.


Bendann, E. 1930

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‘Introduction: death and the regeneration of life’ in M. Bloch and J. Parry (eds) Death and the Regeneration of Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1-44.


Davies, D. 1996

‘The sacred crematorium’, Mortality, 1:1, 83-94.

Davies, D. 1997

Death, Ritual and Belief: The Rhetoric of Funerary Rites, London: Cassell.


Engelke, M. 2019

‘The anthropology of the dead revisited’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 48: 29-44.


Fontein, J. 2011

‘Graves, ruins, and belonging: towards an anthropology of proximity’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 17, 706–27.


Huntingdon, R. & Metcalf, P. 1991

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‘Death and anthropology: an introduction’ in A. Robben (ed.) Death, Mourning and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1-16.


Wojtkowiak, J. & Mathijssen, B. 2022

‘Birth and death: studying ritual, embodied practices and spirituality at the start and end of life’, Religions, 13:9, 820.



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