Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Hilary Selznick

Second Advisor

Britt Hartenberger


This undergraduate honors thesis project explores the rhetorical implications of burial practices from the southern Levant during the Chalcolithic period. The purpose of this thesis is to expound upon research that has already been conducted in order to offer additional, and sometimes alternative, theories to what currently exists in the literature. I argue that the forms and functions of the burial techniques were used, at least partially, as “tools” to teach cultural and religious beliefs regarding life, death, and the afterlife to the individuals in the community. The inferred relationship between the materiality and symbology of these burial practices provides clues into the rhetorical lens through which these various artifacts were seen in their original contexts.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation