From Parts to a Whole? Exploring Changes in Funerary Practices at Çatalhöyük

Haddow, Scott D.; Schotsmans, Eline M. J.; Milella, Marco; Pilloud, Marin A.; Tibbetts, Belinda; Knüsel, Christopher J. (2020). From Parts to a Whole? Exploring Changes in Funerary Practices at Çatalhöyük. In: Hodder, Ian (ed.) Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life (pp. 250-272). Cambridge University Press 10.1017/9781108753616.016

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Death is a universal and profoundly emotive human experience with social and economic implications that extend to communities as a whole. As such, the act of disposing of the dead is typically laden with deep meaning and significance. Archaeological investigations of funerary practices are thus important sources of information on the social contexts and worldviews of ancient societies. Changes in funerary practices are often thought to reflect organisational or cosmological transformations within a society (Carr 1995; Robb 2013). The focus of this volume is the role of cognition and consciousness in the accelerated sociocultural developments of the Neolithic Period in the Near East. In the introduction to this volume, Hodder identifies three commonly cited cognitive changes that can be measured against various archaeological datasets from Çatalhöyük. The funerary remains at Çatalhöyük are an obvious source of data for validating Hodder’s third measure of change: a shift from a fluid and fragmented conception of the body and of selfhood to a greater awareness of an integrated, bounded personal self.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Anthropology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Milella, Marco

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
500 Science

ISBN:

9781108718875

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marco Milella

Date Deposited:

18 Jan 2021 11:47

Last Modified:

18 Jan 2021 11:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/9781108753616.016

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149870

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149870

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