Material culture

Botella, M. & Gómez, J. 2021

‘La tumba de Hierro del Empreario Francisco Peña Vaquero, Revista Murciana de Antropología, 28, 59-77.

Brennan, M. 2011

‘Geological survey of historical cemeteries, Jamestown, Rhode Island, 1693-1900’, Historical Archaeology, 45:4, 102-14.

Christensen, D. & Sandvick, K. 2014

‘Death ends a life, not a relationship: objects as media on children’s graves’, in D. Christensen & K. Sandvick (eds) Mediating and Remediating Death, London: Routledge, 251-271.

Costa, T.G., Richter, F.A., Castro, E.T. & 3 others 2018

‘Elemental identification of blue paintings traces present in historic cemeteries in the São Martinho region, southern Brazil’, Journal of Molecular Structure 1155:5, 434-442.

Curşeu, P. & Pop-Curşeu, I. 2011

‘Alive after death: an exploratory cultural artefact analysis of the Merry Cemetery of Săpănţa’, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 371-87.

Dawdy, S. 2013

‘Archaeology of modern American death: grave goods and blithe mementos’, in P. Graves-Brown, R. Harrison & A. Piccini (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, Oxford: Oxford Handbooks Online.

Drenton, J., McManus, K., and Labrecque, L. 2017

‘Graves, gifts and the bereaved consumer: a restorative perspective of gift exchange’, Consumption Markets and Culture, 20: 5, 423-455.

Forbes, H. 1990

‘Symbolic cemetery gates in New England’, Markers, 7, 3–18.


Goggin, M.& Tobin, B. (eds) 2013

Women and the Material Culture of Death, Farnham: Ashgate.

Hallam, E. & Hockey, J. (eds) 2001

Death, Memory and Material Culture, Oxford: Berg .

Kolnberger, T., Streb, C., & Kmec, S. 1996

‘The material culture of burial and its microgeography: a Luxembourg cemetery as a methodological example of an object-centred approach to quantitative material culture studies’, Journal of Material Culture, 24:3, 334-359.

Llewellyn, N. 1991

The Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c1500-1800, London: Reaktion Books.

Pezzoli-Olgiat, D. 2020

Performing difference in front of death: material, bodily and spatial practice’, in M-T. Mäder, A. Saviello & B. Scolari (eds) Highgate Cemetery: Image Practices in Past and Present, ebooks, Nomos, 53-77.

Pinkard, M. 2013

‘A conversation with Aunt Carol: the fluid functionality of funeral programs in African-American culture’, in M.Goggin and B. Tobin (eds) Women and the Material Culture of Death, Farnham: Ashgate, 207-221

Reyes-Cortez, M. 2012

‘Material culture, magic and the Santa Muerte in the cemeteries of a megalopolis’, Culture and Religion: An Interdiscipilinary Journal, 13:1, 107-131.

Richmond, M. 1999

‘Archaeologia Victoriana: the archaeology of the Victorian funeral’, in J. Downes & T. Pollard (ed.) The Loved Body’s Corruption, Glasgow: Cruithne Press, 145-158.

Rotundo, B. 1992

‘Monumental Bronze: in R. Meyer (ed) Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture, Logan: Utah State University Press, 263-292.

Seetah, K. 2015

‘Objects past, objects present: materials, resistance and memory from the Le Morne Old Cemetery, Mauritius’, Journal of Social Archaeology, 15:2, 233-253.

Streb, C. & Kolnberger, T. 2019

‘Introduction: the materiality and spatiality of death, burial and commemoration’, Mortality, 24:2, 117-122.


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