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The Odd, the Unusual, and the StrangeBioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials$
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Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott, and Anastasia Tsaliki

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401032

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401032.001.0001

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Defining Non-Normative Practices in a Diverse Funerary Record

Defining Non-Normative Practices in a Diverse Funerary Record

Insights from the Caribbean

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(p.114) 6 Defining Non-Normative Practices in a Diverse Funerary Record
Source:
The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange
Author(s):

Hayley L. Mickleburgh

Menno L. P. Hoogland

Jason E. Laffoon

Darlene A. Weston

Roberto Valcárcel Rojas

Anne van Duijvenbode

Angus A. A. Mol

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401032.003.0006

In the past few decades, researchers have increasingly come to understand that the archaeological record of the Caribbean region shows a high degree of sociocultural variation across the archipelago and through time. Funerary treatment in the precolonial and early colonial Caribbean archipelago in particular was variable, hampering assessment of potentially non-normative funerary practices. Alongside multidisciplinary contextual assessment of funerary practice, we use social network analysis to study relations within the dataset to explore other indicators of non-normative practices. This approach demonstrates that altering the scale of analysis (i.e., local vs. regional) can drastically change our concept of what can be considered non-normative. Network analysis revealed relationships within the diverse funerary patterns, including co-occurrence of uncommon modes of burial at sites, suggesting that even rare modes of burial comprised widely recognized practices.

Keywords:   Caribbean, Social network analysis, Precolonial, Funerary record

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