Introduction: Public Archaeologies of Death and Memory

Howard Williams

Abstract


This Introduction to AP’s third special issue seeks to provide context and rationale to the study of ‘public mortuary archaeology’ before reviewing the development of the volume. Building on the presentations of the first Public Archaeology Twitter Conference of April 2017, these articles comprise a wide range of original analyses reflecting on the public archaeology of death, including evaluations of fieldwork contexts, churches and museums. These articles are joined by discussions of the digital dimensions to public mortuary archaeology, an appraisal of ancient and modern DNA research as public mortuary archaeology, and the relationship between mortuary archaeology and palliative care. Together, the articles constitute the state of current thinking on the public archaeology of death, burial and commemoration.


Keywords


death; digital archaeology; mortuary archaeology; politics of the past; public archaeology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23914/ap.v8i2.229

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.23914/ap.v8i2.229.g172

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