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Depicting the dead: Commemoration through cists, cairns and symbols in early medieval Britain
Cambridge Archaelogical Journal (2007)
  • Howard M. R. Williams, University of Chester
Abstract

This article develops recent interpretations of mortuary practices as contexts for producing social memory and personhood to argue that early medieval cairns and mounds served to commemorate concepts of gender and genealogy. Commemorative strategies are identified in the composite character, shape and location of cairns and in their relationship with other commemorative monuments, namely Class I symbol-stones. The argument is developed through a consideration of the excavations of early medieval cists and cairns at Lundin Links in Fife.

Keywords
  • Pictish,
  • cemetery,
  • personhood,
  • memory,
  • long cist
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Howard M. R. Williams. "Depicting the dead: Commemoration through cists, cairns and symbols in early medieval Britain" Cambridge Archaelogical Journal Vol. 17 Iss. 2 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/howard_williams/10/