Bristol Anthropology and Archaeology Research Seminar: Catriona Gibson
Dr Catriona Gibson, University of Reading
G.10 Lecture Room, 43 Woodland Road
The AHRC-funded project ‘Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain’ explores the varied roles that artefacts from burials played between the Early Neolithic and Late Iron Age.
By critiquing the concept of grave goods, we intend to transform current understandings of mortuary practice and material culture in prehistoric Britain. We consider the meaning and significance that objects deposited with burials had, and how these varied over time and across space.
Key concerns include the nature, type and condition of objects and their placement in relation both to the body and within the grave. We are investigating how these may have been used to express events in life and death, and structure or negotiate relationships between the living and the dead.
This paper will focus on several intriguing case studies from throughout Britain that span the Neolithic to the end of the Early Bronze Age.