Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Hall, Martin en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Morris, Alan en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Apollonio, Heather en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-26T06:15:20Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-26T06:15:20Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Apollonio, H. 1998. Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10041
dc.description Summary in English. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract A unique opportunity to study historic burial practices in Cape Town arose in 1994 when construction activities at Cobern Street, Green Point revealed an eighteenth century burial ground. Subsequent salvage excavations unearthed approximately 65 burials and scattered skeletal material (both historical and precolonial) representing a total of 121 individuals. A variety of cultural material was found with the burials. The following is a summary of the excavation activities, and a detailed description of the burial patterns and grave goods unearthed at the site. An attempt is made to construct a cultural identity for the Cobern Street burials, and to determine what, if anything, burial practices have to contribute to our understanding of eighteenth century colonial society. The burial patterns were divided into four analytical categories, covering a spectrum ranging from the Later Stone Age to the end of the eighteenth century. The artefacts are divided into six groups; Later Stone Age artefacts, coffin hardware, burial items, clothing accessories, personal items (excluding clothing residues), and intrusive items. Burial items and artefacts are considered against the spatial layout of the site to determine that Cobern Street was used as used as an informal cemetery by lower class members of Colonial Cape society, primarily during the eighteenth century. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Archaeology en_ZA
dc.title Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Archaeology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Apollonio, H. (1998). <i>Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Archaeology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10041 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Apollonio, Heather. <i>"Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Archaeology, 1998. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10041 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Apollonio H. Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Archaeology, 1998 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10041 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Apollonio, Heather AB - A unique opportunity to study historic burial practices in Cape Town arose in 1994 when construction activities at Cobern Street, Green Point revealed an eighteenth century burial ground. Subsequent salvage excavations unearthed approximately 65 burials and scattered skeletal material (both historical and precolonial) representing a total of 121 individuals. A variety of cultural material was found with the burials. The following is a summary of the excavation activities, and a detailed description of the burial patterns and grave goods unearthed at the site. An attempt is made to construct a cultural identity for the Cobern Street burials, and to determine what, if anything, burial practices have to contribute to our understanding of eighteenth century colonial society. The burial patterns were divided into four analytical categories, covering a spectrum ranging from the Later Stone Age to the end of the eighteenth century. The artefacts are divided into six groups; Later Stone Age artefacts, coffin hardware, burial items, clothing accessories, personal items (excluding clothing residues), and intrusive items. Burial items and artefacts are considered against the spatial layout of the site to determine that Cobern Street was used as used as an informal cemetery by lower class members of Colonial Cape society, primarily during the eighteenth century. DA - 1998 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1998 T1 - Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town TI - Identifying the dead : eighteenth century mortuary practices at Cobern Street, Cape Town UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10041 ER - en_ZA


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