New project: The Invisible Dead

The Dept of Archaeology at University of Durham is leading a project which is exploring the emergence of self-awareness and religion. Headed by Prof. Chris Scarre the project will be examining archaeological data from across two regions (Britain and the Levant). The British aspect of the project will centre on the Neolithic.

The research will examine temporal, social and economic contexts of changing relationships between human socio-religious beliefs and concepts of the body and the afterlife and a fundamental question thet will be addressing is do burials represented in the archaeological record of Britain and the Levant constitute the ‘mainstream’ or are they the result of highly specific selection processes?

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