Chairs: David BIBBY, Gemany | Ann DEGRAEVE, Belgium | Raphael PANHUYSEN, The Netherlands | Karin WILTSCHKE-SCHROTTA, Austria

Over recent years the “Burial Archaeology/Archaeology/History of Death” theme has established itself as an interdisciplinary forum where archaeologists, anthropologists, forensic specialists, historians and emergency workers (the list is not exhaustive) can profit from a wide variety of viewpoints on human and animal remains. The exchange of methods, ideas and experiences has repeatedly proved fruitful. We are therefore pleased to announce the continuation of the theme in 2016.

Papers are welcomed in the following general areas, as well as related topics:

  • Archaeology, anthropology and forensics of human/animal remains.
  • Burial rites ranging from prehistoric through to modern times.
  • Graves and human/animal remains from contexts as varied as ancient cemeteries and modern municipal graveyards.
  • Experimental archaeology.
  • Studies of taphonomic processes or forensic reports.
  • Modern or historical disaster or crime scenes and/or traumatology.
  • Historical studies dealing with perimortal aspects and sacral customs.

This session highlights interdisciplinary approaches focusing both on archaeological and historical studies and on new technologies such as DNA, isotope and chemical analysis. What can archaeologists, historians, forensic specialists and natural scientists learn from each other in dealing with the delicate and enigmatic subject of death?