Pieces of Personhood: Fragmentation of Human Remains at Upland Sites in the American Bottom

Sarah Otten

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Abstract

a means of exemplifying social identity, the human body constitutes and constructs individual personhood as it is reflected in daily practice. The intentional fragmentation of bodies emphasizes the materiality ofan individual and their relationship to the living and to a particular place, [n the American Bottom, mortuary ritual is characterized by a variety of burial practices ranging from extended inhumations to collections of bone in special locations. This paper focuses on the meaning of such collections and possible caches of individual human bones that appear in non-cemetery locations recognized in the Richland Complex near Cahokia.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages61
StatePublished - 2009

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