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Beyond the Grave – Social and Cultural Dimensions of Mortuary Practices

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This Research Priority concentrates on the general subject of the treatment of the dead: from the construction and location of a grave or burial ground to the treatment of the body, the furnishing of the grave, the accoutrements of the deceased, and how the person is remembered.

It includes differences in the socio-cultural concept of death as a rite of passage and how this is addressed, both physically and mentally. Processes after burial are also considered: these can be the natural decomposition process or repositioning due to processes in the soil but also the re-opening of the grave for various purposes. Graves reflect not only cultural but also social and personal aspects relating to the deceased. They can also reflect the society organising the funeral, which is why the discussion has to include the social and structural connection between an unusual grave complex and a nearby settlement as well as the identification of the social classes of the deceased as expressed in features of the settlement. 

This Research Priority is assigned to the Strategic Research Area ► Man and Society

Research into the Early Roman Iron Age site of Hoby, Lolland
Dr. Ruth Blankenfeldt
The princely graves at Lübsow and their settlement-archaeology context
Dr. Ruth Blankenfeldt
DFG project LA 2891/2-1 „The chamber grave of Migration Period at Poprad, Slovakia – an interdisciplinary research project for evaluation of an extraordinary find"
project leader: Dr. Nina Lau
Hammelev – a maglemosian cremation grave
PD Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen
The Berlin 'Chef militaire'. A luxurious grave of the early 5th century
Dr. Andreas Rau
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