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Terminology at the service of the characterisation of funerary practices: the Pactols Thesaurus

Abstract : This poster shows the results of the working group that met at the invitation of the Frantiq network to update the funerary theme within the framework of the lexical and structural reorganisation of the PACTOLS thesaurus. This thesaurus focuses mainly on the archaeology of Western Europe, all periods combined, and on the sciences of Antiquity. Taking advantage of an ongoing programme aimed at reorganising the categories and adjusting the lexicon to recent archaeological discoveries and methods, and following a symposium on typochronologies held in Tours in 2019, anthropologists and archaeologists of funerary practices led, between 2019 and 2021, to the revision of the 140 concepts of the field gathered in the "Death" branch. Two iterative approaches were adopted: the first focused on the meaning of the concept, with its title and rejected labels as well as a definition, either created or revised. Some concepts, which were considered obsolete, could be depreciated in favour of others corresponding to recent research developments. Then the concept was repositioned with its related concepts in the categories relating to constructions, furniture and funerary practices. One of the objectives of the revision of this vocabulary and its standardisation is a better understanding between researchers and a better transmission of data. Beyond the revision of the thesaurus itself with the increase and reorganisation of a specialised lexicon, this work has been the favourable ground for the essential discussion of notions relating to funerary practices and their confrontation in different spatio-temporal scales and archaeological contexts. Through a few selected examples, the poster presents how the approach adopted contributes to a better characterisation of funerary practices in late antiquity.
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Blandine Nouvel, Reine-Marie Bérard, Emma Bouvard-Mor, Matthieu Gaultier, Gaëlle Granier, et al.. Terminology at the service of the characterisation of funerary practices: the Pactols Thesaurus. Death and the Societes of Late Antiquity: new methods, new questions?, Nov 2021, Aix-en-Provence, France. ⟨halshs-03424453⟩



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