Williams, H. (2004). Death warmed up:. J Material Culture 9 (3). Vol 9(3), pp. 263-291.

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Death warmed up:
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the agency of bodies and bones in early Anglo-Saxon cremation rites
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J Material Culture 9 (3)
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Journal of Material Culture
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9 (3)
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263 - 291
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The author argues that recent archaeological theories of death and burial have tended to overlook the social and mnemonic agency of the dead body. Drawing upon anthropological, ethnographic and forensic analogies for the effects of fire on the human body, together with Alfred Gell's theory of the agency of inanimate objects, the article explores the cremation rites of early Anglo-Saxon England. As a case study in the archaeological study of the mnemonic agency of bodies and bones it is suggested that cremation and post-cremation rites in the fifth and sixth centuries AD in eastern England operated as technologies of remembrance. Cremation encouraged distinctive forms of engagement with the physicality and materiality of the dead. It is argued that cremated bodies and ashes need to be theorized as more than osteological data, artefacts or symbolic resources, but as holding material agency influencing the selective remembering and forgetting of the deceased's personhood.
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Howard Williams ORCID icon
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2004
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Funerary Practices (BIAB)
Early Medieval (BIAB)
Burial (Auto Detected Subject))
Cremation (Auto Detected Subject))
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06 Dec 2004