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Landscapes of the Dead: Exploring Neolithic monuments and mortuary practice

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The Prehistoric Day Conferences are annual themed events. This is the second revolving around the theme: Landscapes of the Dead.

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Join us for a day conference at the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Abstract

Neolithic mortuary practices in Britain have often been characterised by evidence from monumental sites. For the early Neolithic, human remains found in chambered tombs and causewayed enclosures have been used to paint a picture of collective burials often disarticulated and mixed. For the later Neolithic, collective cremation deposits from monuments feature heavily in accounts. This day event seeks to draw on new research to highlight other aspects of Neolithic ways of dealing with the dead. It will consider the growing body of evidence for mortuary practice beyond monuments, for example from single graves and caves. Speakers will consider areas such as the Isle of Man and NW Wales, alongside new interpretations of older data from monumental sites. Finally, new approaches such as archaeothanatology and isotope analysis can also reveal new data which can change the way we understand the burial record.

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09.30 Registration

10.00 Coffee & Tea

10.30 Welcome & introduction, Vicki Cummings

10.45 Early Neolithic human remains in caves and the origins of multi-stage burial, Rick Peterson, UCLAN

11.15 Diverse burial practice in Early Neolithic south-east England with an archaeothanatological reconsideration of burial

positions, Dawn Cansfield, University of Winchester

11.45 The living tomb: Fluidity and the instability of substances, Colin Richards, Orkney College, UHI

12.15 Discussion

12.45 Lunch (available locally)

13.45 Isotopic approaches to landscapes of the living and of the dead, Rick Schulting, University of Oxford

14.15 Mortuary practices and monuments in the Neolithic of the Isle of Man: Beyond the megalithic tombs, Rachel Crellin,

University of Leicester; Chris Fowler, University of Newcastle & Michelle Gamble, AAS, Vienna

14.45 Neolithic grave goods and the complexities of mortuary material culture, Duncan Garrow, University of Reading 15.15 The island in the dark grove: The Bryn Celli Ddu landscape in context, Seren Griffiths et al., UCLAN

15.45 Title TBC, Mike Parker Pearson, UCL

16.15 Discussion & closing remarks

16.45 Close

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