In an earlier blog postings here and here, I discussed a session I co-organised at the 2012 European Association for Archaeologists conference in Helsinki, Finland with Jessica Cerezo-Roman (University of Arizona) and Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki). After one-and-half years of hard work has gone by and I am delighted to post that following rigorous peer-review and editing, we have now crafted a book from the proceedings. Below is an update of the contents: previously circulated versions have been revised, with the addition of two chapters (one I accidentally missed out of the previous post and one added to fill an important niche in the coverage of the book).

We have also got a new draft book title: Archaeologies of Cremation: Death and Fire in Europe’s Past (although the focus is European, we have two chapters that explore North American case studies).

Jessica has just submitted the draft manuscript on our behalf to an international academic publisher and we are eagerly awaiting their judgement. Here is the draft contents:

  1. Introduction: Archaeologies of Cremation by Howard Williams, Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, and Anna Wessman
  2.  Interpretation of Burned Human Remains: Lessons from Modern Forensic Case by Douglas H. Ubelaker
  3. Cremation and the Use of Fire in Mesolithic Mortuary Practices in North-West Europe by Amy Gray Jones
  4. The Emergence of Cremations in Eastern Fennoscandia: Changing Uses of Fire in Ritual Contexts by Jarkko Saipio
  5. Pathways for the Dead in the Middle and Late Bronze Age in Ireland by Gabriel Cooney
  6. Building the Bronze Age by Stone and Bone: The Handling of Cremated Remains in Late Bronze Age Sweden by Anna Röst
  7. Land of the Cremated Dead– on Cremation Practices in Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Scandinavia by Lise Harvig
  8. Rediscovering the Body: Cremation and Inhumation in Early Iron Age Central Europe by Katharina Rebay-Salisbury
  9. From Life to Death: Dynamics of Personhood in Gallo-Roman Funeral Customs, Luxemburg Province, Belgium by Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, Koen Deforce, Denis Henrotay and Wim Van Neer
  10. Come Rain or Shine? The Social Implications of Seasonality and Weather on the Cremation Rite in Early Anglo-Saxon England by Kirsty E. Squires
  11. Two of a Kind: Conceptual Similarities between Cremation and Inhumation in Early Anglo-Saxon England by Ruth Nugent
  12. Building for the Cremated Dead: Ephemeral and Cumulative Constructions by Anna Wessman and Howard Williams
  13. ‘Fiery Technology’ and Transformative Placemaking: A Contextual Examination of the Aztalan Site in Wisconsin by Lynne Goldstein
  14. The Contemporary Archaeology of Urban Cremation by Howard Williams and Anna Wessman