Personifying objects/objectifying people: Handling questions of mortality and materiality through the archaeological body

Mary Leighton*

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Abstract

Death and the bodies of the dead are managed and handled in contemporary Western society by various professions that include archaeology. The bodies of the dead exist in a variety of material forms, and generate conflicting responses from the archaeologists who work with them. Positioning archaeologists as professionals within a wider society, this article explores the relationship between the physicality of the body, the (de)construction of personhood and the problem of mortality in contemporary Western (British) society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-101
Number of pages24
JournalEthnos
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • British archaeologists
  • Embodiment
  • Materiality
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology

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