Death, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon England

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620194
Title:
Death, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon England
Authors:
Williams, Howard ( 0000-0003-3510-6852 )
Abstract:
This article reconsiders and extends the interpretation of the heterogeneity of early Anglo-Saxon (c. AD 425/50–570) cremation practices and their mnemonic and ideological significance. Cremation burials frequently contain grooming implements (combs, tweezers, razors and shears), often unburnt and sometimes fragmented. The addition of these items to graves can be explained as a strategy of ‘catalytic commemoration’ which assisted in choreographing the transformation and selective remembering and forgetting of the dead by the survivors. This article explores new evidence to reveal the varied character and fluctuating intensity of these practices among cremating communities across southern and eastern England during the fifth and sixth centuries AD. The evidence suggests new insights into how and why cremation was selected as an ideology of transformation linking the living and the dead.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Williams, H. (2015). Death, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon England. Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia, 10, 29–76.
Publisher:
Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia
Journal:
Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620194
Additional Links:
http://www.archeologia.ur.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AAR10_Williams_np.pdf; http://www.archeologia.ur.edu.pl/analecta-archaeologica-ressoviensia/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2084-4409
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Howarden
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-03T13:21:52Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-03T13:21:52Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationWilliams, H. (2015). Death, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon England. Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia, 10, 29–76.en
dc.identifier.issn2084-4409-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620194-
dc.description.abstractThis article reconsiders and extends the interpretation of the heterogeneity of early Anglo-Saxon (c. AD 425/50–570) cremation practices and their mnemonic and ideological significance. Cremation burials frequently contain grooming implements (combs, tweezers, razors and shears), often unburnt and sometimes fragmented. The addition of these items to graves can be explained as a strategy of ‘catalytic commemoration’ which assisted in choreographing the transformation and selective remembering and forgetting of the dead by the survivors. This article explores new evidence to reveal the varied character and fluctuating intensity of these practices among cremating communities across southern and eastern England during the fifth and sixth centuries AD. The evidence suggests new insights into how and why cremation was selected as an ideology of transformation linking the living and the dead.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAnalecta Archaeologica Ressoviensiaen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.archeologia.ur.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AAR10_Williams_np.pdfen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.archeologia.ur.edu.pl/analecta-archaeologica-ressoviensia/-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectAnglo-Saxonen
dc.subjectCombsen
dc.subjectCremationen
dc.subjectGrooming implementsen
dc.subjectMemoryen
dc.titleDeath, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon Englanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalAnalecta Archaeologica Ressoviensiaen
dc.date.accepted2016-02-07-
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