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CALL. 01.03.2017: [PANEL 7 at ASOR 2017] Death and Dying in the Ancient Near East - Boston (MA, USA)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Pinar Durgun (Brown University) ; Stephanie Selover (University of Washington)

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Mortuary archaeology has often been hindered by culture-historical approaches that see a direct correlation between burial objects and the identity or social status of the deceased. This session aims to challenge such perceptions. Past ASOR papers presented on bioarchaeology and the archaeology of death and burial have proven the necessity for a session to start a new conversation on understanding diverse reactions to death beyond equating burial objects with social complexity. We would like to invite papers that make use of mortuary data to answer questions about practices of death and dying in the ancient Near East, including change and continuity in mortuary objects and rituals, the use of burial spaces, and expressions of social memory, especially in periods that are under-represented in the study of ancient Near East. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1, 2017. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) directly to ASOR’s Online Abstract Management System: and select “Death and Dying in the Ancient Near East” for the session. Please note that professional membership and registration for the Annual Meeting is required at the time of abstract submission. Please contact Pinar Durgun ( or Stephanie Selover ( with any questions.

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