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Ritual in some Early Bronze Age gravegoods

Woodward, Ann; Hunter, John; Ixer, Rob; Maltby, Mark; Potts, Philip J.; Webb, Peter C.; Watson, John S. and Michael, C. (2005). Ritual in some Early Bronze Age gravegoods. Archaeological Journal, 162(1) pp. 31–64.

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Abstract

This systematic study of selected 'Wessex' Early Bronze Age burial assemblages was undertaken to reassess the original purpose of the artefacts deposited and their significance in the burial ritual. Use-wear analysis and fragmentation assessment has been undertaken on daggers, whetstones, bone objects and beads. Lithological and physical analysis was also undertaken on the stone objects. The results show a remarkable disparity in use and fragmentation between certain artefact types. Some objects and groups might be seen as symbolic depositions placed by mourners, or as parts of ceremonial costume, rather than as possessions of the deceased.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0066-5983
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 10623
Depositing User: Users 2315 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/10623
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