Dr Lorna Richardson and I have almost completed our work editing the third special issue of AP – Online Journal in Public Archaeology. 

Death in the Contemporary World: Perspectives from Public Archaeology. AP Special Issue 3

edited by Howard Williams and Lorna Richardson

Here, I report on the final contents of the collection, due out by the end of the summer. The collection comprises a wide range of original analyses reflecting on the public archaeology of death, including evaluations of fieldwork contexts, churches and museums. These are joined by evaluations of digital dimensions to public mortuary archaeology, and a consideration of how DNA research constitutes public mortuary archaeology. All these papers consider both the ethics and politics of mortuary archaeology in exploring the past, but also its significance for contemporary reflections on identity and popular culture. Finally, we have an article pulling together what many of the contributions are proposing: that archaeology is a powerful medium and method for tackling mortality today.

I’d highlight how this collection complements the edited collection by Williams and Giles (2016) Archaeologists and the Dead and the forthcoming edited collection by Williams, Wills-Eve and Osborne (2018) The Public Archaeology of Death.

 

Introduction: Public Archaeologies of Death and Memory

Howard WILLIAMS

 

Decisions and Adaptations on the Frontier: The Russian Cemetery at Fort Ross, Northern California

Lynne GOLDSTEIN

 

Public Engagement through Burial Landscapes: Cupids and Ferryland, Newfoundland

Robyn LACY

 

An Empty Graveyard: The Victims of the 1946 AOA DC-4 Crash, Their Final Resting Place, and Dark Tourism.

Lisa M. DALY

 

Public Archaeology and Church Monuments

Carly MCEVOY

 

After Life: Engaging Museum Visitors with the Theme of Death and Remembrance

Ben PAITES and Emma REEVE

 

Digital Remains Made Public: Sharing the Dead Online and our Future Digital Mortuary Landscape

Priscilla ULGUIM

 

Open Data as Public Archaeology: The Monumental Archive Project

Katherine COOK

 

Digital Public Mortuary Archaeology via 3D Modelling: The Pago del Jarafi Cemetery (Granada, Spain)

Pablo ROMERO PELLITERO, Lara DELGADO ANÉS and José María MARTÍN CIVANTOS

 

Exploring your Inner Hades: DNA as Mortuary Archaeology

Tom BOOTH

 

From Plastered Skulls to Palliative Care: What the Past Can Teach Us About Dealing with Death

Lindsey BÜSTER, Karina CROUCHER, Jennifer DAYES, Laura GREEN and Christina FAULL

 

 

 

 

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