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Lecture Notes 2/1 - Archaeologist Looks at Death February 1...

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Archaeologist Looks at Death 1/6/11 12:30 PM February 1, 2011 - Other death feast clues: Compare to “banquet scenes” o Carved onto cylinder seals – royals seated, served food ! Vessels with straws (contain beer/wine) Grave vessels same type as shown at banquets Drinking vessels usually in hands of dead, or held near mouth Arrangement of bodies replicate a banquet? o Tableaux morte? o Deceased seen as participating in a feast - What would today’s archaeologist do differently with death pits? Pay more attention to commoners’ tombs (Thousands of commoners in royal cemeteries – graves around death pits) o 19 th /early 20 th century bias in archaeology – focus on graves of high status (elite) people ! Woolley did not save the bones of commoners ! Object-oriented, collecting goodies for museums (most likely found in elite graves) ! Reconstructed prehistory to stress elites & high culture (kings, palaces, temples) " Perspective from top # down o Studying commoners: ! Provides a much more complete view of society
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course ANTH 0538 taught by Professor Bermann during the Spring '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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