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A Review Of Pictish Burial Practices In Tayside And Fife

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In his chapter &t;Houses and Graves&t;, published under the title The Problem of the Picts, Wainwright recognised that the study of Pictish burial practices was a basic requirement to reaching an understanding of their society. The number of known and possible Pictish cemetery sites has greatly increased since Wainwright's day and this chapter presents a review of the aerial photographic record for Pictish burial sites supplemented by evidence from excavation and records of chance discoveries within a study area of Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus and Fife. With the exception of Hallow Hill, the size of flat grave cemeteries is comparable to that of the barrow cemeteries. The chapter discusses further characteristics that these cemeteries share: their location within the landscape, the kinds of artefacts recovered and their date. The populations of the excavated cemeteries are also considered.

Keywords: Barrow cemetry; Cairn cemetery; flat graves; Funerary architecture; Pictish burial practices; Wainwright



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