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About Reanna Phillips

My main research interests are in the investigation of various treatments of the body throughout the extended process of burial and commemoration, especially in terms of the negotiation of social memory and identity of the living and the dead within and between communities.

I completed my MA in the Archaeology of Death and Memory at the University of Chester in 2016-17, with my dissertation research focused on the social memory and performance of decapitation burials in Roman Britain.

My current PhD research is focused on re-evaluating conventional categorizations of the diverse burial practices found across sites and regions in the late British Iron Age as well as in early Roman Britain. I am examining these varying mortuary treatments as extended, performative, mnemonic processes and interpreting the roles of burial practice beyond the final context of the grave.