Burial cairn taxonomy and the mortuary landscape of Rocky Point, British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Mathews, Darcy
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-13T22:51:54Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-13T22:51:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-01-13T22:51:54Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2076
dc.description.abstract Prior to European contact, the Straits Salish people. an ethnolinguistic group centred on present day Victoria in southwestern British Columbia, built a distinctive form of grave. The burial cairn and mound. a phenomenon occurring 1500-1000 years before present, consist of an arrangement of rocks and soil placed over the deceased. The Rocky Point site is the largest remaining intact site of this kind on southern Vancouver Island. I hypothesize that the external attributes of these burial features - their location and shape - are important signifiers of the social identity of the person buried within. Patterns in burial cairn morphology are identified with a cluster analysis. The geographical placement of the resulting feature types is subject to a GIS-based spatial analysis. The resulting model is interpreted through a humanistic model of social theory, addressing underlying social structures that culminated in the creation of the Rocky Point cemetery. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject cairns en
dc.subject burial en
dc.subject British Columbia en
dc.subject Vancouver Island en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Anthropology en
dc.title Burial cairn taxonomy and the mortuary landscape of Rocky Point, British Columbia en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Mackie, Quentin
dc.degree.department Dept. of Anthropology en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en

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