Definition of inhumation in English:

inhumation

Line breaks: in|hum¦ation
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnhjʊˈmeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun] chiefly Archaeology
  • 1The action or practice of burying the dead; the fact of being buried: cremation took over from inhumation as the dominant burial rite
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    • The trend from cremation to inhumation in burial practice may also be consciously copying the changing Roman fashion.
    • In late Roman times there was an increased diversity in burial practice and examples of both cremation and inhumation are found.
    • Also from the north came the use of cremation instead of inhumation, around 1200 BC.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A burial or buried corpse: more than thirty human inhumations from various sites
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    • The 5th - 7th century cemetery at Lakenheath in Suffolk contained, in all, 437 burials (420 inhumations and 17 cremations), including 65 found this year.
    • It was just fantastic to find this skeleton, an extended inhumation in this small area, which was well preserved, with personal grave goods, and radiocarbon dated to 5,500 years ago.
    • They are almost all from early Bronze Age funerary contexts, mostly crouched inhumations; and where the sex of the deceased has been determined, it has been female in virtually every case.
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