Lookup NU author(s): Dr Eric Tourigny
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An archaeological survey of pet cemeteries demonstrates the importance of non-human cemeteries in the investigation of changing human-animal relationships. Gravestone designs and inscriptions provide evidence for the perceived role of animals in people’s lives and afterlives. Results suggest the slow development of an often-conflicted relationship inBritish society, from treasured pets to valued family members, and the increased belief of an animal afterlife. The discussion contextualises society’s current attitude towards animals, identifying a continued struggle for humans to define relationships with pets when mourning their loss. The paper highlights the variety of research questionsaddressable with pet cemetery data.
Author(s): Tourigny E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/12/2020
Online publication date: 27/10/2020
Acceptance date: 27/02/2020
Date deposited: 27/02/2020
ISSN (print): 0003-598X
ISSN (electronic): 1745-1744
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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