Cicek Beeby

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9449

Approve Date

April 25, 2017

Project Title

Beeby, Cicek, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC - To aid research on 'Spatial Narratives of Mortuary Landscapes in Early Iron Age Greece,' supervised by Dr. Donald C. Haggis

Preliminary abstract: Using the emergence of Greek city-states as a backdrop, this project explores how mortuary landscapes develop or change during periods of urbanization and state-formation. The main goal of the project is to chronicle mortuary activity in four Greek settlements through the 9th-7th centuries B.C.E. in an effort to investigate potential changes physical and social coalescence may spark. Central to these questions is a thorough reexamination of mortuary spaces in proto-urban Greece and the spatial, symbolic, and cognitive relationships between burial and settlement. Traditional models of burial distribution in Greek settlements have focused on a dichotomy between extramural and intramural configurations and interpreted transitional patterns as the gradual marginalization of death or formalization of cemeteries. My project seeks to revise these models by turning to anthropological discourses on the creation of various scales of memory (e.g. private histories vs. shared past) through mortuary landscapes. This mnemonic dimension of spatial patterns unfolds as expressions of group membership, ranging from private and exclusive burial contexts that prioritize close family ties to public and collective contexts that underscore broader alliances. My project’s main question lies in investigating what kinds of relationships are sustained, severed, or renegotiated in mortuary landscapes during socio-political realignment. Special emphasis is placed on patterns of reuse or abandonment of grave sites, distribution patterns, cluster analysis, internal organization of burial grounds, and articulation of space. In addressing these questions, the project utilizes a GIS database that has been designed to integrate detailed burial data with architecture, ritual activity, and settlement contexts.