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Title Remembering the dead in the ancient Near East : recent contributions from bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology / [edited by] Benjamin W. Porter & Alexis T. Boutin
Published Boulder : University Press of Colorado, [2014]
©2014
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Summary Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East is among the first comprehensive treatments to present the diverse ways in which ancient Near Eastern civilizations memorialized and honored their dead, using mortuary rituals, human skeletal remains, and embodied identities as a window into the memory work of past societies. In six case studies teams of researchers with different skillsets⁰́₄osteological analysis, faunal analysis, culture history and the analysis of written texts, and artifact analysis⁰́₄integrate mortuary analysis with bioarchaeological techniques. Drawing upon different kinds of data, including human remains, ceramics, jewelry, spatial analysis, and faunal remains found in burial sites from across the region's societies, the authors paint a robust and complex picture of death in the ancient Near East. Demonstrating the still underexplored potential of bioarchaeological analysis in ancient societies, Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East serves as a model for using multiple lines of evidence to reconstruct commemoration practices. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian societies, the archaeology of death and burial, bioarchaeology, and human skeletal biology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Middle East.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Middle East.
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Middle East -- Methodology.
Human skeleton -- Analysis.
Middle East -- Antiquities.
Form Electronic book
Author Boutin, Alexis T., editor
Porter, Benjamin W., 1974- editor
ISBN 1457188201
1457188228
1607323257 (electronic bk.)
9781457188206
9781457188220
9781607323259 (electronic bk.)
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