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person' perGraveGraveortuary Analysis: Watchfield Cemetery Name Institutional Affiliation Date Introduction and Literature Review Treatment of death and mortuary behaviors can tell a lot about a defined group of people. These mortuary behaviors involve mostly rituals specific to a group of people. Rituals are all about everything done to prepare the body of the departed. It also includes things done to make the burial site prior and things done after the burial. Watchfield is a military cemetery that opened in 1939. The expectation is the burial proceedings would have been executed militarily, complete with rituals specific to that time in history. The research's goal is to look at mortuary behaviors and how the military treated the dead in that era. The headstones have the Ministry of Defense decoration, among other types of emblems, to signify the regiment. The gravestones also have the information included in any military headstone. This information includes the name, regiment, rank, number, decorations, and the date on which he dies. Below this will be a cross or any other religious carving. The gravestones are not uniform as would be expected in a war cemetery. At first look, you do not see any discernible pattern in the arrangement of headstones. Only some parts of the cemetery have a prearranged pattern. Therefore, it is a little challenging to determine the location of the exhumed bodies of foreign servicemen. Some are headstones, while some are footstones. It seems that there is a designated area for footstones with the headstones scattering through the cemetery. The stone used on the headstones is distinctly different from the one used on the tombstones. Some graves have the emblem carved on the stone while in others it is a metal attached on footstone's face Burial goods are meant to provide a deeper understanding of the culture and maybe even co- culture. Discernment for the burial times is from nature as well as material of the grave goods upon excavation. The presence of particular grave products like coins, weapons, and peculiar little perforated metal hats provide an understanding of the culture of the specific regiment (Harke 2014). Others were brooches, knives, and spears. These tell more about the culture than the writing on the gravestone and provide more insight into the past. For example, Stoodley (2000) examines whether Grave goods change with age in a dataset of Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, Dickinson (1993) looks at a particular individual because of some exciting Grave goods found with her, or Martin (2012) looks at a specific item (brooches) and their wear and reuse. Many approaches could be considered just to make sure that it is one small enough to fit within your word limit.
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Methods and Materials Watchfield is a military cemetery located in a churchyard. It has very few graves, and its location suggests that perhaps it could have been one of those cemeteries created to cater to emerging needs. The history indicates that the cemetery meant to hold prisoners of war, among others.
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