I’m pleased to announce the publication of a brand-new edited collection on the archaeology of cremation: Cremation and the Archaeology of Death.
Originally stemming from an EAA session held in Helsinki in 2012, this OUP book is co-edited with Jessica I. Cerezo-Román (Cailfornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona) and Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chester).
Chapters were commissioned during 2013 and peer-reviewed and edited during 2014-2016 before entering production in the summer of 2016 with Oxford University Press.
Here’s the list of contents, and you can get a sense of the geographical, chronological and thematic range by which the contributors explore the archaeological history of cremation from the Mesolithic to the present day.
1. Introduction: Archaeologies of Cremation
Howard Williams, Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, and Anna Wessman
PART I : RELATIONAL FIERY TECHNOLOGIES
2. Cremation and the Use of Fire in Mesolithic Mortuary Practices
in North-West Europe
Amy Gray Jones
3. Rediscovering the Body: Cremation and Inhumation in Early
Iron Age Central Europe
4. Two of a Kind: Conceptual Similarities between Cremation
and Inhumation in Early Anglo-Saxon England
5. ‘Fiery Technology’ and Transformative Placemaking: A Contextual Examination of a ‘Crematory’ at the Aztalan Site in Wisconsin
6. Interpretation of Burned Remains: Lessons from Modern Forensic Cases
Douglas H. Ubelaker
7. Pathways for the Dead in the Middle and Late Bronze Age in Ireland
8. Building by Stone and Bone: Handling Cremated Remains in Late Bronze Age Sweden
9. From Life to Death: Dynamics of Personhood in Gallo-Roman Funerary Customs, Luxemburg Province, Belgium
Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, Koen Deforce, Denis Henrotay,
and Wim Van Neer
10. Building for the Cremated Dead: Ephemeral and Cumulative
Anna Wessman and Howard Williams
PART III: SPACE AND TIME IN CREMATING
11. The Emergence of Cremations in Eastern Fennoscandia:
Changing Uses of Fire in Ritual Contexts
12. Land of the Cremated Dead: On Cremation Practices in Late
Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Scandinavia
13. Come Rain or Shine? The Social Implications of Seasonality and
Weather on the Cremation Rite in Early Anglo-Saxon England
Kirsty E. Squires
14. The Contemporary Archaeology of Urban Cremation
Howard Williams and Anna Wessman
We are delighted to include Kelvin Wilson’s artwork from the Sutton Hoo visitor centre exhibition, revised by the artist for use as our front cover.
Thanks also to Brian Costello for helping out with our indexing.