Over the past months, I’ve participated in the Blogging Archaeology Carnival as part of the SAA meeting Blogging Archaeology session. The outcome of the session and carnival was an e-book. The book includes a wide variety of perspectives on best practices in blogging, experience in blogging, and why this form of communication is important for public engagement. Best of all, you can download the book for free! Click here to download it.
I have a chapter in the book that was co-written by Howard Williams (the brilliant mind behind the ArchaeoDeath blog). Check out the abstract below!
Meyers, K. and H. Williams 2014. Blog bodies: Mortuary archaeology and blogging. In D. Rocks-Macqueen, & C. Webster (Eds.), Blogging archaeology (pp. 152-178). Landward Research.
Mortuary archaeology – the study of past beliefs and practices surrounding dying, death and the dead using archaeological theories, methods and techniques – is a rich, diverse and growing field of research that incorporates, and extends beyond, bioarchaeology (osteoarchaeology) in its scope. This particular subfield has many dimensions, a global reach and the scope to study human engagements with mortality from earliest times to the present day. The archaeology of death also extends far beyond the study of mummified human cadavers and articulated and disarticulated skeletal remains (burnt or unburnt). It also involves: considering artefacts and ecofacts from mortuary contexts; the structure and arrangement of graves; burial chambers and tombs; a wide range of art, architectures, monuments and memorials to the dead. Mortuary archaeology incorporates both cemeteries and other spaces designed to commemorate the dead, the spatial relationships between mortuary locales and the evolving landscape in which they are situated. Taking these various points into account, it is evident that today’s mortuary archaeology not only has multiple dimensions and scales of analysis, but also many tendrils into, and explicit dialogues with, other disciplines. Equally, mortuary archaeology shares and exchanges ideas and perspectives with: sociologists and theologians of death, dying and bereavement; studies of the representation and material culture of death; and memory by art-historians and architectural historians. Bearing these points in mind, for both prehistoric and historic eras, mortuary archaeology reveals increasingly new and fascinating insights into human engagements with mortality across time and space.