Beyond the Grave

This Research Priority concentrates on the general subject of the treatment of the dead: from the construction and location of a grave or burial ground to the treatment of the body, the furnishing of the grave, the accoutrements of the deceased, and how the person is remembered.

It includes differences in the socio-cultural concept of death as a rite of passage and how this is addressed, both physically and mentally. Processes after burial are also considered: these can be the natural decomposition process or repositioning due to processes in the soil but also the re-opening of the grave for various purposes. Graves reflect not only cultural but also social and personal aspects relating to the deceased. They can also reflect the society organising the funeral, which is why the discussion has to include the social and structural connection between an unusual grave complex and a nearby settlement as well as the identification of the social classes of the deceased as expressed in features of the settlement.

Der Forschungsschwerpunkt ist dem Themenbereich Man and Society zugeordnet.