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This edited quantity comprises twelve papers that current proof on non-normative burial practices from the Neolithic via to Post-Medieval sessions and contains case stories from a few ten international locations. It has lengthy been known by means of archaeologists that sure participants in various archaeological cultures from assorted sessions and destinations were accorded differential therapy in burial relative to different individuals in their society. those contributors can comprise criminals, ladies who died in the course of childbirth, unbaptised babies, individuals with disabilities, and meant revenants, to call yet a couple of. Such burials may be identifiable within the archaeological checklist from an exam of the positioning and exterior features of the grave web site. in addition, the placement of the physique as well as its organization with strange grave items could be a extra function of extraordinary burials. the incentive in the back of such non-normative burial practices can be various and will be on the topic of a large choice of social and spiritual ideals. it truly is envisaged that the quantity will make an important contribution in the direction of our realizing of the complexities concerned whilst facing non-normative burials within the archaeological checklist.

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