Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Archaeothanatology has recently been introduced to the Caribbean for the study of both the precolonial and colonial burial assemblages. By drawing on a multidisciplinary approach and laying emphasis on the taphonomic processes, this article sheds light on the complexity and diversity of mortuary behavior in the Ceramic Age Lesser Antilles. Although mortuary treatment is often regarded as a representation of the social personae of an individual at death, the examples in this article show that rules are fluid and mortuary treatment is open to manipulation. In addition to a number of general commonalities encountered in the various burial assemblages through time, there is a clear emphasis on the individual treatment of the dead, resulting in unique cases of mortuary behavior.

Keywords: mortuary behavior, Ceramic Age, Lesser Antilles, taphonomic processes, archaeothanatology, burial treatment

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.