Burned bones, science and theory: How they can be combined to understand the cremation settings in the archaeological context?

Stamataki, E. (Speaker), Ioannis Kontopoulos (Contributor), Salesse, K. (Contributor), Veselka, B. (Contributor), Charlotte Sabaux (Contributor), Annaert, H. (Contributor), Mathieu Boudin (Contributor), Giacomo Capuzzo (Contributor), Dalle, S. (Contributor), Hlad, M. (Contributor), Amanda Sengeløv (Contributor), Eugène Warmenbol (Contributor), Martine Vercauteren (Contributor), Dries Tys (Contributor), Guy De Mulder (Contributor), Snoeck, C. (Contributor)

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a conference


The study of burned human remains, is a major source of information to understand the way in which past societies faced, perceived and interacted with death. Despite the limitations that cremated bones present due to the structural, chemical and isotopic changes occur to the inorganic fraction of bone (bone apatite) during burning, they play an increasingly important role in understanding pyre technology as well as body and pyre managements in ancient societies in which cremation was the dominant funerary practice.
The aim of this study is to understand the way cremation was performed in the Metal Ages using a combination of archaeological theory and state-of-the-art analytical tools on burned human remains from Belgium. The lack of written sources from the Metal Age makes it challenging to approach questions related to the specialisation in the performance of funerary rituals and creates a gap in our understanding of funerary practices from a period where cremation was the dominant funerary rite. As a result, the combination between theory and science contribute to address not only questions about the body management and the cremation settings but also about who was managing the cremation ritual and what the skills and the specialisation of the cremator were.
Periode6 sep 202111 sep 2021
Evenementstitel27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Widening Horizons
LocatieKiel, Germany
Mate van erkenningInternational