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H 234 x W 156 mm

106 pages

16 colour figures, 3 tables

Published Feb 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789696196

Digital: 9781789696202

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Death and burial; minorities; state-control; contemporary archaeology; contemporary anthropology

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Going Underground: The Meanings of Death and Burial for Minority Groups in Israel

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This volume is about the attitudes towards death and burial in contemporary society. It provides information on the attitudes of several minority groups living in Israel today, including four communities of Russian Jews, an ultra-religious Jewish community and a Palestinian-Christian community.



Preface and acknowledgments ;
Reflections on death and burial ;
Methodology: The northern cemetery ;
The interviews: The northern cemetery ;
The urban cemetery, kibbutz cemetery and public cemeteries ;
A nominalist approach: Archaeology of remembrance and contemporary archaeology ;
Conclusion: The assemblage theory, or is there an anthropology of death and burial?

About the Author

Talia Shay has a PhD in archaeology from Tel Aviv University and MA degrees from UCLA and UNAM, Mexico. Her research encompasses both early and contemporary periods. She has published articles on art, urban space, general archaeology, and death and burial in several international journals and has co-edited ‘The Limitation of Archaeological Knowledge’. During her academic career, her primary affiliation was with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.