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CREMATION

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The fragmentary, burnt remains of a human body. Usually found buried, occasionally in a container associated with grave goods.

Related Terms

Term Note
CHARNEL HOUSE A building where the bones of the dead are stored.
CREMATION CEMETERY A cemetery comprising exclusively cremated human remains, some or all of which may be contained within pottery vessels.
CREMATION PIT A site where a corpse has been burnt on a pyre over a pit, which acts as a receptacle for the remains. Occasionally accompanied by burnt grave goods, placed with the body on the pyre.
CREMATORIUM A building or site where bodies are burnt, and the ashes collected for burial or dispersal.
OSSUARY A container or storage place for the bones of the dead.

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