arch death 2 real

arch death 2 real - January11,2011...

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January 11, 2011 Encountering Death Archaeologically - Can’t do a lot of archaeology without encountering the remains of the dead Where archaeologists encounter death o Cemeteries o Near/under house – very common counter culturally that dead be buried  under house floor o Mortuary monuments (ex: burial mounds) o Middens (refuse heaps) – infants especially A baby is not considered a full citizen until baptism – not treated  equally Why archaeologists encounter death o People die a lot A village of 250 people produces 5 deaths a year - Archaeology of death Only developed fairly recently Before 1800s o Tombs focus of looting - People wanted treasure Dead are often buried with highly desirable objects The pieces are intact Archaeology 1800s-1960s o Tombs targeted for museum pieces Looting and museum collecting are similar o Little interest in human remains o Treat graves as source of pretty objects
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o Did not use graves to answer questions What is special about graves? o
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course UNKNOWN 11245 taught by Professor Bernann during the Spring '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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