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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

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

Hayley L. Mickleburgh

Menno L. P. Hoogland

Jason E. Laffoon

Darlene A. Weston

Roberto Valcárcel Rojas

Anne van Duijvenbode

Angus A. A. Mol

University Press of Florida

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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