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Popular attitudes to memory, the body, and social identity : the rise of external commemoration in Britain, Ireland, and New England

By H. Mytum

Abstract

A comparative analysis of samples of external memorials from burial grounds in Britain, Ireland and New England reveals a widespread pattern of change in monument style and content, and exponential growth in the number of permanent memorials from the 18th century onwards. Although manifested in regionally distinctive styles on which most academic attention has so far been directed, the expansion reflects global changes in social relationships and concepts of memory and the body. An archaeological perspective reveals the importance of external memorials in articulating these changing attitudes in a world of increasing material consumption

Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1179/174581306X143061
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1922

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