Archaeology: Funerary

Cannon, A. 2005

‘Gender, agency and mortuary fashion’ in G.Rakita, J. Buikstra, L. Beck & S. Williams (eds) Interacting with the Dead: Perspectives on Mortuary Archaeology for the New Millenium, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 99-120.

Cannon, A. 1989

‘The historical dimension in mortuary expressions of status and sentiment’, Current Anthropology, 30, 4, 437-58.

Cannon, A. & Cook, K. 2015

‘Infant death and the archaeology of grief’, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 25: 1, 399-416.

Clark, L. 1987

‘Gravestones: reflectors of ethnicity or class?’ in S. Spencer-Wood (ed.) Consumer Choice in Historical Archaeology, Plenum Press, New York, 383-395.

Dethlefson, E. & Deetz, J. 1966

‘Death’s heads, cherubs and willow trees: experimental archaeology in colonial cemeteries’, American Antiquities, 31: 502-10.

Dick, H.C., Pringle, J.K., Wisniewski, K.D. & 6 others 2017

‘Determining geophysical responses from burials in graveyards and cemeteries’, Geophysics, 82: 6, B245-B255.

Garman, J. 1994

‘Viewing the color line through the material culture of death’, Historical Archaeology, 28: 3, 74-93.

MacDonald, D. 2011

‘Grief and burial in the American Southwest: the role of evolutionary theory in the interpretation of mortuary remains’, American Antiquity, 66: 4, 704-714.

Mackie, N. 1988

‘The social aspects of funerary monuments in colonial Tidewater Virginia’, Material Culture, 20:2/3, 39-55.

Martin-Apostolatos, G. 2022

‘The high cost of living: death and social identity of Missouri’s historic Columbia Cemetery’, Historical Archaeology, 56: 543-562.

Mytum, H. 1989

‘Public health and private sentiment: the development of cemetery architecture and funerary monuments from the eighteenth century onwards’, World Archaeology, 21, 2, 283-97.

Mytum, H. 1993

‘Death and identity: strategies in body disposal and memorial at North Front Cemetery, Gibraltar’, in M. Carver (ed.) In Search of Cult: Archaeological Investigations in Honour of Phillip Rahtz, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 189-192.

Mytum, H. 2003

‘Death and remembrance in the Colonial context’, in S. Lawrence (ed.) Archaeology of the British: Explorations of Identity in Great Britain and its Colonies, London: Routledge, 156-73.

Mytum, H. & Veit, R. (eds) 2023

Innovation and Implementation: Critical Reflections and New Approaches to Historic Mortuary Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination, New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Nielsen, K. 1989

‘From society to burial and from burial to society? Some modern analogies’, in C. Jensen & K. Nielsen (eds) Burial and Society: The Chronological and Social Analysis of Archaeological Burial Data, Oxford: Aarhus University Press.

Streb, C. 2017

‘Modern class society in the making: evidence from Palatinate gravestones of the nineteenth century’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 21: 240-76.

Tarlow, S. 1998

‘Romancing the stones: the graveyard boom of the later 18th century’ in M. Cox, (1998) (ed.) Grave Concerns: Death and Burial in England, 1700-1850, York: Council for British Archaeology, 33-43.

Tarlow, S. 1999

Bereavement and Commemoration: An Archaeology of Mortality, Oxford: Blackwell.

Thornbush, S. & Thornbush, M. 2020

Changing Landscapes in Urban British Churchyards, Singapore: Bentham Books.

Veit, R. 2009

“Resolved to strike out a new path”: consumerism and iconographic change in New Jersey gravestones’, Historical Archaeology, 43: 1, 115-41.


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