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The material culture of burial and its microgeography: A Luxembourg cemetery as a methodological example of an object-centred approach to quantitative material culture studies
Streb, Christoph Klaus; Kolnberger, Thomas; Kmec, Sonja
2019In Journal of Material Culture, 24 (2), p. 1-26
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Keywords :
agency; cemetery; digital humanities; neighbouring effects
Abstract :
[en] This article uses a novel quantitative methodology to examine sepulchral material culture. Drawing on the theoretical frameworks of social spatialization and art as agency, the authors contend that variations in grave designs and materiality cannot simply be explained in terms of changes in fashion and mentality. Other factors also need to be taken into account. Using a digital data collection tool, the Cemetery Surveyor Application (CSA) developed at the University of Luxembourg, they compile a set of data encompassing all the material aspects of each grave in a cemetery in Luxembourg (Western Europe), the setting of their case study. The graves are dated from the 1850s to 2015. |The authors compare the chronological evolution of the most recurrent material features with a GIS-based spatial analysis of the same features. The results of the spatial analysis not only largely confirm the chronological study, but also allow them to be more precise (dating is often problematic) and include undated graves (a third of the sample). The digital data collection tool also allows them to compare cemeteries and to highlight variations in these that cannot merely be imputed to chronology, but also to spatial proximity and material agency.
Disciplines :
Human geography & demography
Sociology & social sciences
Archaeology
Author, co-author :
Streb, Christoph Klaus ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
Kolnberger, Thomas ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
Kmec, Sonja  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
The material culture of burial and its microgeography: A Luxembourg cemetery as a methodological example of an object-centred approach to quantitative material culture studies
Publication date :
2019
Journal title :
Journal of Material Culture
ISSN :
1359-1835
Publisher :
SAGE Publications, New York, United States - New York
Volume :
24
Issue :
2
Pages :
1-26
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
FnR Project :
FNR8333105 - Material Culture And Spaces Of Remembrance. A Study Of Cemeteries In Luxembourg In The Context Of The Greater Region, 2014 (01/08/2015-31/07/2018) - Sonja Kmec
Name of the research project :
RIP
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche [LU]
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