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By Harold Mytum

Burial grounds strike an instantaneous chord with all who stopover at them. they're land­ scapes filled with pathos and cultural institutions which many locate appealing, notwithstanding a minority think are too morbid to deserve specified awareness. This publication is designed to provide a framework for learning ancient burial flooring monuments, and includes a specific amount of data relating to below-ground archaeology, as a few tasks will contain the examine of either. additionally, from a learn standpoint above and lower than flooring archaeology jointly can throw huge mild at the means of death, physique disposal and commemoration that shaped a continuum for these concerned. in spite of the fact that, the extra simply obtainable graveyard memorials can be utilized to check many features of prior tradition past that without delay linked to dying, and they're the point of interest of the booklet. most folk who develop into attracted to ancient graveyard memorials come to the topic through the fabric itself. simply hardly does a learn query get posed, and graveyard facts look like a suitable area for research. This has the virtue that many researchers have a few rules in regards to the information to be had, however the drawback that they might not have transparent inquiries to ask of it, nor easy methods to set their discoveries in a much wider highbrow context.

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It is thus necessary to begin with attitudes to death , followed by the form, function and symbolism of the funeral , and finally to consider commemorative practices, so that the elements of surviving material culture can be seen as active in different parts of this set of cultural meanings and activities. Religion was a major structuring principle for beliefs and practices regarding death during this period . Whilst religious figures were experienced in providing death rituals , and the College of Arms were expert in elite funerals , most aspects of mortuary culture were provided by non-specialists.

Other costs for the gravedigger and bearers would be added. Moreover, those interred within the church could avail them selves of various officers such as the Clerk and Sexton, and could rent a coffin cloth (Brickley et. , 1999:6-7). Orientation of burial was almo st always east-west, though exact alignment varied and was influenced by nearby physical features such as walls, paths and other burials . There was much inter-cutting of graves , and disarticulated bone was either left in the soil (figure 40), piled up in the comer of newly dug graves, or placed in charnel pits.

Here, narrow and relatively low plain tombs have simply cut inscriptions. These are often on the narrow end panels of the monum ents, and occur from the early 17th century. Limited decoration including lozenges, arched panels and fluted pillars, is carved on some monuments. From the 18th century the Cotswold tombs FOLK TRADITIONS AND HIGHCULTURE 31 became wider and taller, in proportions that remained the norm throughout the life of this type. Lyre-console ends to monuments occur as a decorative feature that greatly modified their appearance, and was part of a Baroque decorative style .

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