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Living with the Dead



Unparalleled Behaviour in Britain and Ireland from the early tenth to the late fifth millennium BP

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Martin King's Living with the Dead database documents the treatment, patterning and deposition of human skeletal material in Britain and Ireland from approximately 10000 to 4000 BP. The database began as a project to document all human skeletal material outside 'tomb' and 'barrow' contexts. However, with the danger of dating human skeletal material by association and stratigraphy only, it was decided to document all contexts with radiocarbon dated human skeletal material in Britain and Ireland from approximately 10000 to 4000 BP. The database also contains a sample of stone, timber and earthen constructions in Britain and Ireland interpreted as 'tombs' or 'barrows' but containing no human skeletal material.

The database contains over 630 locations/sites that have been grouped alphabetically. Alternatively searches can be made for specific locations/sites (for example "Stonehenge") or features/finds (for example "Grooved Ware") (see Help for what fields are searchable). In addition all searches can be limited to those locations/sites with radiocarbon dated human skeletal material (excluding loose teeth). Those radiocarbon dates obtained from samples identified as human skeletal material (excluding loose teeth) are marked with an @ symbol to illustrate the distribution of human skeletal material.

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