IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1516: Monastic Cemeteries: Themes of Youth and Age, I

Thursday 14 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Isabelle Cochelin, Department of History & Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Simon Mays, English Heritage Centre for Archaeology, Portsmouth
Moderator/Chair:Simon Mays, English Heritage Centre for Archaeology, Portsmouth
Paper 1516-aNasty, Brutish, and Short, or Long and Tranquil?: The Demography of Medieval Monastic Communities
(Language: English)
Anthea E. Boylston, Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Demography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1516-bOblates, Orphans, or Outsiders?: The Presence of Children at a Byzantine Jerusalem Monastery
(Language: English)
Susan Guise Sheridan, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1516-cSand, Sweets, and Swords at Deir Anba Musa el-Aswad: Growing Old in a Medieval Coptic Monastery in the Wadi Natrun
(Language: English)
Raphaƫl G. A. M. Panhuysen, Amsterdams Archeologisch Centrum, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Monasticism, Religious Life

Excavations at monastic sites generally produce burials, often in large numbers. The aim of these sessions is to illustrate some of the insights burial archaeology offers into monastic life in the medieval period, in Western Europe, as well as around the Mediterranean, using results of recent work. The emphasis is on the age structure of monastic communities, the way in which daily life and sickness patterns varied over the monastic life cycle and cultural recognition of life stages in burial practices.