13th Meeting – The Cremation

From Monday 30 May to Wednesday 01 June 2022

For the past twenty years, methods and reflections intrinsic to the excavation and study of structures linked to the practice of cremation have continued to evolve, with a growing and more diverse community of researchers. The GAAF 2022 Meetings are part of the questions already developed in part during the Meetings around the Fire (GAAFIF, 1998) and the Meetings on New Approaches to Funeral Archaeology (GAAF, 2014, session 2). The objective of the 13th edition of the GAAF, which took place in Toulouse from May 30th to June 1st, 2022 was to take stock of our discipline, to show the progress made and to bring about a collective reflection on its necessary evolution.

It also gave the opportunity to open a discussion on the relationship ancient or current societies have with cremation, in the widest possible chronological and geographical framework. This process has also address the relationship between cremation and burial, what these practices share or how they differ, in situations of continuity or rupture, depending on the society or the era.

Presentations and discussions were organized around four main themes.

Theme 1: Cremation from in the past and today

Theme 2: Archaeosciences

Theme 3: Methodological feedback and survey strategies

Theme 4: Current research

Organizing committee Vanessa BrunetAnne-Gaëlle De KepperErwan NivezSophie OudryYannick Prouin

Scientific committee Sylvie BachHélène Barrand-EmamValérie BelGuy de MulderBernard DedetGermaine DepierreHenri DudayMatthieu GaultierMarine LaforgeIsabelle Le GoffStéphane RottierAurore SchmittWilliam Van Andringa

Scientific and financial partners : SRA OccitanieMusée St-Raymond de ToulouseVille de ToulouseDépartement de Haute-GaronneUMR CrahamUMR ArteHisUMR ADESEvehaInrap

Number of participants : 160

Photo gallery of the meeting


The publication will be available in 2024