Burials, body parts and bones in the earlier Upper Palaeolithic

The rich earlier Mid Upper Palaeolithic (Pavlovian) sites of Dolní Vĕstonice I and II and Pavlov I (∼32,000–∼30,000 cal BP) in southern Moravia (Czech Republic) have yielded a series of human burials, isolated pairs of extremities and isolated bones and teeth. The burials occurred within and adjacent to the remains of structures (‘huts’), among domestic debris. Two of them were adjacent to mammoth bone dumps, but none of them was directly associated with areas of apparent discard (or garbage). The isolated pairs and bones/teeth were haphazardly scattered through the occupation areas, many of them mixed with the small to medium-sized faunal remains, from which many were identified post-excavation. It is therefore difficult to establish a pattern of disposal of the human remains with respect to the abundant evidence for site structure at these Upper Palaeolithic sites. At the same time, each form of human preservation raises questions about the differential mortuary behaviours, and hence social dynamics, of these foraging populations and how we interpret them through an archaeological lens.

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its semantic space with “rejects”, “wastrels”, “garbage”, “refuse” – with waste’ and ‘the destination of waste is the waste-yard, the rubbish heap’ (2004: 12; author’s italics). This division between valuable and worthless, included and excluded, is not a natural one, but rather a barrier erected by humans as a strategy to ensure the smooth running of the status quo. Bauman’s theory is clearly grounded in the discipline of sociology and has as its principal concern the connection between economic progress and social inequalities. In the introduction to his book, he

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Aparicio,  96 96 Vulnerability and visibility portrays a group of homeless Latinx immigrants in New York City, many of whom present as transfeminine, who live in abandoned garbage trucks beside the building where the New York City Sanitation Department stores road salt, which they call the ‘Salt Mines’. Wildness, a richly saturated and dreamy digital film created twenty-​two years later by trans Chinese-​American multimedia artist Wu Tsang, tells the story of Tsang’s relationship with the Silver Platter, a Latinx bar in Los Angeles, and the many translatina women who

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weak political actors throughout the post-​Soviet period (Henry, 2010:  764; Yablokov, 2010). At the same time, concern for the environment is not absent and there is a growing correspondence between global and Russian approaches to discussing environmental problems. For example, President Putin’s visits to high Arctic islands have often had two components. One is to visit and praise newly modernised infrastructure and feats of military derring-​do (Sergunin and Konyshev, 2015), but the other is to call for the ‘general clean-​up’ of old garbage and pollution left

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Ben Okri, Chenjerai Hove, Dambudzo Marechera

exposes the odd juxtapositions and ugly poverty of family life in Azaro’s compound: ‘We all looked like celebrating refugees. We were cramped, and hungry, and our smiles were fixed. The room appeared to be constructed out of garbage and together we seemed a people who had never known happiness’ (FR 91). The photographer’s image-making activities, which plot unsuspected and even visionary correspondences in the midst of confusion, can be taken as an index of the work of the writers examined in this chapter, in particular in national contexts where images seem more real

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known for speaking his mind, call out, “They probably figured we wouldn’t eat that shit anyway!” They probably figured he was rude as he finished his third beer and threw the empty water bottle at the fence, near, but not in the garbage can. Charles went with the police team captain, Prasham, to Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and

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Magic, witchcraft and Church in early eighteenth-century Capua

the monastery waiting to be married she gave me a little salt and she told me to dig inside the fire in the fireplace and there I could throw it naming the devil and naming the future spouse but I didn’t want to do it and I threw it in the garbage I saw the mentioned above Agnese take the salt and she threw it in the fire in this manner I have said that which I must denounce.] In this instance the chronology unfolds in absolute respect of the linear relationship between the ordo naturalis and ordo artificialis, between the time of the story and the time of the tale

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Reading SimCity

infrastructure that degrades over time, and pay close attention to the demands of the citizens. The player can pass city ordinances and change tax rates, build roads and lay down railway tracks, allocate sites for garbage landfill and build schools. A ‘news ticker’ (a line of text with important ‘headlines’ detailed) informs the player of the citizens’ desires, and petitioners ask for changes in policy. As players of another god game, Black & White, found out, such a need to pay attention to competing voices can be as frustrating an experience as keeping a live pet, as

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corporations. It is, I suggest, a commentary on the non-transposability of any version of collective metropolitan life itself. Even in its degraded, parodic, greasy spoon or garbage dump form, the metropole becomes here something that can be viably (if sordidly) reconstituted as a social structure in Africa. The final version provides no stable colonial infrastructure; there is no settlement, only asocial isolated Company office bearers remotely stationed in the interior. Conrad’s downsizing is striking. The Marlow of this removed passage is ‘astonished at their number’, a

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been sparingly used in medical treatment and prophylaxis. Now they were going to be used to protect not only those who were ill or at risk of serious disease, but also those in functions essential to society. Several examples were given, such as those working in garbage collection, elevator repair and maintenance, public transportation, and loading bank cash machines. The plan was to produce a catalogue of workplaces and employees that should be

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