publication . Article . 2016

Dying Embers: Fire-lighting Technology and Mortuary Practice in Early Bronze Age Britain

Teather, Anne; Chamberlain, Andrew;
Open Access
  • Published: 28 Apr 2016 Journal: Archaeological Journal, volume 173, pages 188-205 (issn: 0066-5983, eissn: 2373-2288, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
We examine the known examples of strike-a-light kits within prehistoric mortuary contexts in mainland Britain. Building on the seminal work of Clarke in the 1970s, and Needham’s recent work on Beaker grave groups, many further examples of this burial practice are documented from both historic and recent excavations. It is evident that strike-a-light kits have a considerable<br/>longevity in prehistoric mortuary practice, with all but one dating to between c. 2500 cal. BC and c. 1500 cal. BC. Our analysis presents new radiocarbon dates and data from stable isotope studies of human remains that indicate the practice reached a peak between c. 2200 and c. 2000 cal. ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Bronze Age, History, Ancient history, Sonnet, Thou, Mortuary Practice, Archaeology
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