Archaeobirds

Archaeodeath

cock-and-thrush Thush, perced on the weather vain on Chirk church

I recently posted a rash of pics I’ve taken of birds encountered whilst visiting ancient monuments, historic buildings, and archaeological landscapes. Someone asked ‘why?’ Well, I’ve been exploring avian dimensions to mortuary practice and commemoration in cemeteries, monuments and landscapes frequently via this blog. I’ve called this, among other things, ‘cemetery ornithology’: Here are my key past blog entries on this theme:

Sometimes this involves exploring how have been birds incorporated into, and represented on/through, mortuary practice and commemorative media. On other occasions, it is about the avian presence within or upon archaeological monuments and mortuary environments, whether by design or accident. Elsewhere, it is about the dialogue between structures  built to contain birds and those deployed for the human dead.

Yet one of the key points I want to make here is that…

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