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Making Ancestors: The Politics of Death in Prehistoric Europe

Project description

Exploring inequality and death in prehistoric Europe

Traditionally, distinct political ranks in European prehistory have been identified through the differential treatment of individual burials. However, the connection between burial treatment and status is rarely so direct. Inequality may be evident through differential life chances, kinship, ritual or ancestorhood rather than through political command, wealth or identity. With this in mind, the EU-funded ANCESTORS project aims to test alternative models of prehistoric inequality and deathways. It will study social relations in life using osteobiography and explore deathways using funerary taphonomy. Combining the two methodologies will make it possible to connect ancient lives and deaths. The project’s results will provide insight into the ways that inequality affected lives in prehistoric Europe and the role that ancestors played in it.

Host institution

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 869 503,00
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC

Beneficiaries (3)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 869 503,00
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
Net EU contribution
€ 690 645,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 383 400,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00