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Thinking outside the cist: interpreting a unique artefact assemblage from an Early Bronze Age burial on the Isle of Man

Lookup NU author(s): Rachel Crellin, Professor Chris Fowler, Dr Michelle Gamble



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Recent analysis of Early Bronze Age human remainsfrom Staarvey Farm on the Isle of Man has revealeda rare bone knife pommel and 20 other bone objects,offering insight into the importance of bone ornamentsand artefact fittings at this time. This articleadopts a relational typological approach to analysethe Staarvey burial and comparable assemblages,identifying patterns in the deposition of knifepommels in central and southern Britain. In exploringregional interaction in Early Bronze Age Britainand Ireland, the authors refine and move beyond traditionaltypologies to trace types of both objects andpractice. This approach allows them to consider multiple,overlapping spheres of funerary practice andtheir relation to identities at different regional scales.

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Author(s): Crellin R, Fowler C, Gamble M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antiquity

Year: 2020

Volume: 94

Issue: 378

Pages: 1444-1463

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 19/10/2020

Acceptance date: 16/01/2020

Date deposited: 09/11/2020

ISSN (print): 0003-598X

ISSN (electronic): 1745-1744

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.175


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Funder referenceFunder name
Culture Vannin
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Manx National Heritage
University of Leicester
University of Newcastle