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The Archaeology of AncestorsDeath, Memory, and Veneration$
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Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062518

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062518.001.0001

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Landscapes of Ancestors

Landscapes of Ancestors

The Structuring of Space around Iron Age Funerary Monuments in Central Europe

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The Archaeology of Ancestors

Matthew L. Murray

University Press of Florida

This chapter takes a phenomenological approach to the Central European Iron Age, arguing that ancestors structured space, reinforced social norms, and helped materialize kin relationships. Burial sites, tombs, and their associated features were imbued with agency and functioned as spaces in which performance and discourse occurred between ancestors and their descendants. Two sites in Germany, the Heuneburg and the Glauberg, functioned as “landscapes of ancestors,” in which the movement of people was choreographed to focus attention upon specific tombs and monuments. Variation in grave goods and types of interments, in conjunction with spatial analysis, indicates that ancestors played a pivotal role in the changing nature of political power in Iron Age Europe.

Keywords:   ancestors, kin relationships, monuments, burial sites, Germany, landscape, space, phenomenology, Iron Age, Europe

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