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Reconstructing the life histories of people, animals and things in Mesolithic funerary archaeology
Kristiina Mannermaa  1@  , Aimee Little  2@  , Dimitri Gerasimov  3@  , Rick Schulting  4@  
1 : Kristiina Mannermaa
PO Box 59, 00014 University of Helsinki -  Finlande
2 : University of York [York, UK]  (Department of Archaeology)  -  Website
3 : Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography  (Kunstkemra)  -  Website
3 University Emb., Saint-Petersburg -  Russie
4 : Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Increasing research interest in the reconstruction of life histories of objects, humans and animals within the Mesolithic funerary sphere is helping to shape new understandings of hunter-gatherer mortuary practices. Across Europe, large burial grounds to single/isolated burials are being investigated with a broad suite of scientific techniques, e.g. aDNA, stable isotopes, ZooMS, osteology, zooarchaeology, provenancing, technological and traceological studies, microscopy analysis of soil samples etc., enabling new, socially-driven narratives relating to the life histories of individuals and their grave assemblages to be told.

Here, we invite researchers working on burial archaeology to contribute a paper framed around the concept of “life history”, with a view to establishing how different methods and theories (old/new) can be employed to reconstruct past lifeways, including those of objects, within mortuary contexts.


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