Call for Papers: MORTUARY ARCHAEOLOGY TODAY Approaches, methods and ethics (April 19-20, 2018, Groningen)

Archaeology has focused on the mortuary context since its inception. The earliest antiquarians took advantage of prominent burial monuments and other grave contexts in their search for curios and information about past societies. While burials tell us much about the ways in which people buried their dead, they have also been a valuable resource for reconstructing the ways in which people lived. Today, the technical advances made in the study of human remains themselves allow for more detailed study of past peoples than ever before. With that change has come an added responsibility concerning the proper handling of human remains. During this symposium, co-organised between the Universities of Groningen and Leiden, we aim to start a discussion between researchers interested in studying cultural and emotional aspects of burial practices, and those using human remains as a data source for lifestyle and population studies, to which the issue of ethical practices is crucial.

On Thursday April 19, a one day symposium open to the general academic community will be held. The day’s talks are divided into three sessions (see below) and we cordially invite you to submit a proposal for a 15-20 minute paper intended for one or more of these sessions.

The next day, a workshop will focus discussion on the results of these three sessions. The aim of the interactive workshop sessions is to engage ReMA and PhD students in critical review of mortuary archaeology today and to explore opportunities for collaborative research. For ARCHON students or others taking the workshop for ECTS, reading will be circulated beforehand.

On Friday afternoon, an excursion taking in some of Groningen’s funerary monuments is open to all participants.



2 Replies to “Call for Papers: MORTUARY ARCHAEOLOGY TODAY Approaches, methods and ethics (April 19-20, 2018, Groningen)”

  1. Hi, my name is Dries Tys, and I’d like to enter a paper-proposal for the Mortuary Archaeology Conference in Groningen. We have started a new project, CRUMBEL, on cremation graves in Belgium between the Neolithic and 700 AD (budget 2,1 mj euro). Our aims are in the first place to study mobility, diet (population studies) over the long run, avoiding cultural-historical categorisations, which might hamper our understanding of the dynamics of the burial rite. From there we will address the longue duree of the cremation burial rite as such. The paper would be an intriduction to the project. Kind regards Dries Tys

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