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The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange: Bioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials

Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott, and Anastasia Tsaliki


While death and dying are universal, the treatment of the dead is culturally and temporally specific, highlighting the influence of both the deceased individual and the living community within the mortuary process. This volume focuses specifically on non-normative or atypical mortuary practices situated within a contextually driven understanding of social and cultural norms surrounding the process of interment. Each chapter compares and contrasts the various elements of these mortuary treatments (e.g., body position, body orientation, artifact inclusion) and how they may represent specific ide ... More

Keywords: Mortuary practice, Mortuary pattern, Archaeology, Burial, Identity, Interment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401032
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy K. Betsinger, editor
SUNY Oneonta

Amy B. Scott, editor
University of New Brunswick

Anastasia Tsaliki, editor

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1 Deconstructing “Deviant”

Amy B. Scott, Tracy K. Betsinger, and Anastasia Tsaliki

2 Bodies among Fragments

Jessica I. Cerezo-Román

4 A Young Man Twice Burned

Della Collins Cook, Laura Gano, Kristin M. Hedman, Susan Spencer Helfrich, and Andrew R. Thompson

6 Defining Non-Normative Practices in a Diverse Funerary Record

Hayley L. Mickleburgh, Menno L. P. Hoogland, Jason E. Laffoon, Darlene A. Weston, Roberto Valcárcel Rojas, Anne van Duijvenbode, and Angus A. A. Mol

7 Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

Olga U. Gabelmann and Lawrence S. Owens

9 What Is the Norm?

Nils Müller-Scheessel, Carola Berszin, Gisela Grupe, Annette Schwentke, Anja Staskiewicz, Thomas Tütken, and Joachim Wahl

10 Burial in a Kiln

Anastasia Tsaliki

14 Does Health Define Deviancy?

Tracy K. Betsinger and Amy B. Scott

15 The “Vampires” of Lesbos

Sandra Garvie-Lok and Anastasia Tsaliki

17 Out of Range?

Scott D. Haddow, Joshua W. Sadvari, Christopher J. Knüsel, Sophie V. Moore, Selin E. Nugent, and Clark Spencer Larsen

20 Dependent Deviance

Kathryn Reusch


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