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Burning Bones in the Greek Iron Age

The last phase of the Greek Bronze Age and the Iron Age are characterised by a marked interest in burning bones, which manifests itself in both funerary and sacrificial ritual. The first part of this project aims to demonstrate that there were close conceptual associations between burnt animal sacrifice and cremation.

The introduction of the practices of burnt animal sacrifice and cremation coincides more or less with the introduction of iron technology to the Aegean. The use of bone coal in the carburisation process of iron working has been ethnographically documented and in the second part of this project the possibility that there may have been symbolic connections between the ritual burning of bones (animal and human) and iron technology in Iron Age Greece will be investigated. On the theoretical level this study is intended as a contribution to the debate on materiality and the creation of symbolic meaning.


Helene Whittaker

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Renströmsgatan 6

46 (0)31 786 45 14

Sidansvarig: Cecilia Köljing|Sidan uppdaterades: 2013-11-19

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