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Connecting the Living and the Dead: networks in Ulster historic graveyards

Author(s): Harold Mytum

Year: 2013

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The relationships displayed through actions and monuments within a graveyard are numerous. This study examines the relationships between the living and the dead, between monuments and monuments and with the wider landscape, and different categories of the living who visit the graveyard. It is possible to investigate the powerful symbolic, textual, physical and intra-site landscape connections and avoidances to reveal the ways in which these places, monuments, the dead, and the living were all active in the 18th and 19th centuries within multi-denominational Ulster graveyards. Some connections are explicit, such as warning texts as if from the grave, but others were more subtle. These require careful dissection, unravelling and interpretation, allowing both relationships of which past actors were aware, and others about which they knew nothing, to be revealed.

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Connecting the Living and the Dead: networks in Ulster historic graveyards. Harold Mytum. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428215)


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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 445

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America