Romano-British cremation burial – a lead canister with ‘pipe’ within a stone cist, from Caerleon.

Back in August I posted about the book I am co-editing with Jessica Cerezo-Roman (University of Arizona) and Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki). Entitled Cremation in European Archaeology, the book is the proceedings of a very successful  session we organised at the 2012 European Association for Archaeologists annual conference at Helsinki.

In the previous post, I outlined the rationale for the book, its parameters and a brief discussion of the paper by Anna and myself. Here I want to update you on progress.

All submissions have now been through peer-review and editorial appraisal and are soon to be resubmitted, copy-edited and submitted to the publisher early in 2014.

I am now pleased to be able to offer you a sneak preview of the contents of the book. All details are provisional, including the running order. Still, I hope that these interim details give a sense of the fascinating line-up of papers to be found in the book. They tackle the complex and varied archaeological traces of cremation in the European archaeological record, together with perspectives drawing outside Europe, from the Mesolithic to the present day.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Cremation in European Archaeology by Jessica I. Cerezo-Román (University of Arizona, USA), Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki, Finland), Howard Williams (University of Chester, UK)

Chapter 2: Cremation and the Use of Fire in Mesolithic Mortuary Practices by Amy Gray Jones (University of Chester, UK)

Chapter 3: Earliest Cremations in Eastern Fennoscandia – Changing Uses of Fire in Ritual Contexts by Jarkko Saipio (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Chapter 4: Pathways for the dead in the Middle and Late Bronze Age in Ireland by Gabriel Cooney (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

Chapter 5: Building the Bronze Age by Stone and Bone – Attitudes Towards Cremation Remains in LBA Sweden by Anna Röst (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Chapter 6: Land of the Cremated Dead – Thoughts on Cremation Practices in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Scandinavia by Lise Harvig (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Chapter 7: Rediscovering the Body: Cremation and Inhumation in Early Iron Age Central Europe by Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (University of Leicester, UK)

Chapter 8: Building for the Cremated Dead by Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Howard Williams (University of Chester, United Kingdom)

Chapter 9: Come Rain or Shine? The Social Implications of Seasonality and Weather in The Cremation Rite in Early Anglo-Saxon England by Kirsty Squires (Independent Researcher)

Chapter 10: Two of a Kind: Conceptual Similarities Between Cremated and Inhumed Bodies by Ruth Nugent (Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester)

Chapter 11: Differentiating Cremation from the Incidental or Deliberate Burning of Structures by Lynne Goldstein (Michigan State University, USA)

Chapter 12: The Interpretation of Burned Remains: Lessons from Modern Forensic Cases by Douglas Ubelaker (Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA)