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A Rare Analogy: Contemporary Cremation Practices
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2009 (English)In: On the Threshold: Burial Archaeology in the Twenty-first Century / [ed] Back Danielsson, I.-M., Gustin, I., Larsson, A., Myrberg, N. and Thedéen, S., Stockholm: Stockholm Unviersity , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents four different examples of how studies of contemporary cremation practices are an important aspect of archaeological research, both as a focus of archaeological research into the recent and contemporary past and as a source of analogy and/or anti-analogy in the interpretation of prehistoric mortuary practices. I show that archaeology contributed in a most direct way to the introduction of modern cremations in Sweden, that an archaeological analysis may be made of the architecture of death, and that the very cremation act of today may be fruitfully contrasted to that of Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Lastly, I discuss the significance of the concepts of the body, identity and person.

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Stockholm: Stockholm Unviersity , 2009.
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 47
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cremation practices, analogy, anti-analogy, body, identity, person
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32863ISBN: 978-91-978257-0-2OAI: diva2:281845
Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2009-12-17 Last updated: 2010-01-19Bibliographically approved

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