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Title: The regionality of Bronze Age burial traditions around the Irish Sea
Author: Fraser, Elise A.
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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The Irish Sea has long been considered to be a central hub for the movement of people and ideas for many thousands of years, and this study suggests that there are many cultural and social links between the communities of the Irish Sea region with a shared attitude to death and the ritual processes used. The original distribution and movement of prehistoric ideas and traditions was an organic motion, not restricted by an invisible line drawn on a map. Today many similar sites, possibly only separated by a few miles may not be considered or analysed together due to their separation by our modern prescribed boundaries. This leaves us with a massive gap in our understanding of patterns and movements of ritual and social behaviours. First, this study will address the current methodology and theory used in the analysis of mortuary ritual, by examination of artefact deposition and the complete burial assemblages. It will examine the less well explored areas, where burial evidence is less visible such as Scotland, Wales and the Western coastal areas of Britain. Secondly taking a case study of the Bronze Age burials in Ireland, it will examine the ritual processes involved in mortuary deposition, creating comparable groups of method, grave objects, monuments and deposition processes to create an understanding of the distribution of burial traditions. Using this information it aims to suggest and map both local and regional groups using Similar or dissimilar burial ritual. Thirdly, it aims to compare the burial rituals and grave assemblage characteristics discovered in Ireland to other areas around the Irish Sea basin, establishing similar usage of material, suggested contact, social links and movement of people and ideas. By looking at the distributions of these finer details it will be possible to map the movement of ritual practice around this Irish Sea basin, using structural and physical monuments, along with portable objects which may show that despite the vast natural barriers, people around the Irish Sea basin were connected in many ways.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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