- Beautiful Things and Bones of Desire: Emerging Issues in the Archaeology of Death and Burial
- Death, Memory, and Material Culture: Catalytic Commemoration and the Cremated Dead
- African Perspectives on Death, Burial, and Mortuary Archaeology
- The Place of Veneration in Early South Asian Buddhism
- The Archaeology of Death and Burial in the Islamic World
- Burial of the Christian Dead in the Later Middle Ages
- The Unburied Dead
- Upper Palaeolithic Mortuary Practices in Eurasia: A Critical Look at the Burial Record
- Power and Society: Mesolithic Europe
- Archaeological Study of Mortuary Practices in the Eastern United States
- The Living and the Dead in later Prehistoric Iberia
- The Powerful Dead of the Inca
- Land Ownership and Landscape Belief: Introduction and Contexts
- Megaliths in North-West Europe: The Cosmology of Sacred Landscapes
- Creating Death: An Archaeology of Dying
- Treating Bodies: Transformative and Communicative Practices
- Preserving the Body
- Cremations in Culture and Cosmology
- Identities in Transformation: Identities, Funerary Rites, and the Mortuary Process
- Death and Gender
- Ancient Identities: Age, Gender, and Ethnicity in Ancient Greek Burials
- Ethnicity and Gender in Roman Funerary Commemoration: Case Studies from the Empire's Frontiers
- Engendering Ancestors through Death Ritual in Ancient China
- Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche
- Belief and the Archaeology of Death
- Insights into Early Mortuary Practices of <i>Homo</i>
- Equipping and Stripping the Dead: A Case Study on the Procurement, Compilation, Arrangement, and Fragmentation of Grave Inventories in New Kingdom Thebes
Abstract and Keywords
Megaliths of north-west Europe, through their positioning within the topographically varied landscapes, identify locations which are imbued with cosmological significance for the Neolithic world. They variously highlight the coastal, inland, lowland, or upland topographies and emphasize the role that ancestors—in the guise of the bones preserved within the megalithic chambers—exercised at the meeting places of different worlds. Ancestors played a role in the overall network of contacts and communications between individual communities and, significantly, facilitated the encounters between human, animal, and spirit domains.
Magdalena S. Midgley specialises in the prehistory of North-Western Europe, with a particular emphasis on the region of the north European plain and southern Scandinavia. Her key research interests and publications revolve around the transition from hunting-gathering to farming in northern Europe, the development of early farming communities, and the emergence of monumentality in funerary and ceremonial contexts during the Neolithic. The latter includes research on the European monumental long barrow cemeteries and megaliths of northern Europe. Her interest in the megaliths also covers antiquarian researches at these sites and the use of megaliths as images in Romantic paintings. Her other interests include archaeological theory and the history of archaeology as a discipline, with particular emphasis on the Romantic period.
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