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Landscapes of Mortality

Dr Duncan Sayer

The dead inhabit the landscapes we use today, their burial grounds and cemeteries occupy our cities, towns and villages which are populated with grave stones. Previous archaeological investigations have often focused on these monuments, but rarely the cemeteries they occupy. Duncan Sayer has excavated a number of post-medieval sites in London and the North, and is particularly interested in the variation that was available to commemorate the dead both though the selection of grave stones and the burial sites available.

An ongoing research project investigates Preston’s Historic cemetery, particularly interesting because of the division between Catholic, Nonconformist, and Anglican areas allowing these landscapes and how they articulated with emerging religious identities to be explored. This research is well situated with a growing interest in the archaeology of Death at UCLan and forthcoming publications focus on the archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion.

King C & Sayer D (eds) (2011 in press) The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion. Woodbridge, Boydell.

Sayer D (2011 in press) Death and the Dissenter: group identity and stylistic simplicity as witnessed in nineteenth-century nonconformist gravestones. Historic Archaeology.

Sayer D (2011 in press) The Organization of Post-Medieval Churchyards, Cemeteries and Grave Plots: Variation and Religious Identity as Seen in Protestant Burial Provision. In C King & D

Sayer (eds) (in press 2011) The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion. Woodbridge, Boydell

An ongoing research project investigates Preston’s Historic cemetery, particularly interesting because of the division between Catholic, Nonconformist, and Anglican areas allowing these landscapes and how they articulated with emerging religious identities to be explored. This research is well situated with a growing interest in the archaeology of Death at UCLan and forthcoming publications focus on the archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion.

Publications

King C & Sayer D (eds) (2011) The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion. Woodbridge, Boydell.

Sayer D (2011) Death and the Dissenter: group identity and stylistic simplicity as witnessed in nineteenth-century nonconformist gravestones. Historic Archaeology.

Sayer D (2011) The Organization of Post-Medieval Churchyards, Cemeteries and Grave Plots: Variation and Religious Identity as Seen in Protestant Burial Provision. In C King & D

Sayer (eds) (2011) The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion. Woodbridge, Boydell

Further Information

Archaeology Research Group

School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences

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