Dent, B., Forbes, S. & Stuart, B. 2004

‘Review of human decomposition processes in soil’, Environmental Geology, 45, 576–585.

Ferreira, M. T., Coelho, C. & Gama, I. 2017

‘Application of forensic anthropology to non-forensic issues: an experimental taphonomic approach to the study of human body decomposition in aerobic conditions’, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51:2, 149-157.

Oestergaard, T. 2004

‘Death and ambivalent materiality – human flesh as culture and cosmology’, in T. Oestergaard (ed.) Combining the Past and the Present: Archaeological Perspectives on Society, Oxford: Archaeolpress, 23-30.

Pawlett, M., Girkin, N., Deeks, L. & 5 others 2024

‘The contribution of natural burials to soil ecosystem services: review and emergent research questions’, Applied Soil Ecology, 194, 105200.

Rugg, J. 2017

‘Materiality, identity, mutability: irresolvable tensions within burial reform’, in J. Bradbury & C. Scarre (eds) Engaging with the Dead: Exploring Changing Human Beliefs about Death, Mortality and the Human Body, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 210-16.

Santarsiero, A., Minelli, L., Cutilli, D. & Cappiello, G. 2000

‘Hygienic aspects related to burial’, Microchemical Journal, 2000, 67: 1-3, 135-139.

Silva-Bessa, A., Madureira-Carvahlo, Á., Dawson, L. & 3 others 2022

‘The importance of soil on human taphonomy and management of Portuguese public cemeteries’, Forensic Sciences, 2, 635-649.

Yurchak A. 2015

Bodies of Lenin: the hidden science of communist sovereignty’, Representations 129:1, 116–57.


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