IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1605: Settlement Patterns and Ethnic Relations in the Early and Central Middle Ages

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Ana B. Sánchez-Prieto, Department of Palaeography & Diplomatics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Paper 1605-bBurial in Early Medieval Southampton
(Language: English)
Annia K. Cherryson, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Paper 1605-cLiving But Not Dying Together in Umayyad Córdoba
(Language: English)
Ann R. Christys, Department of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law, Social History
Abstract

Paper b: This paper uses the burial evidence from early medieval Southampton as a means of examining the development of churchyard burial, c. 700-1100. The pattern that emerges is not of a simple transition to centralised burial around a minster church. Instead, there are a series of multiple contemporary cemeteries, a number of isolated burials and at least two churchyards. Cemetery numbers and locations appear to shift with changes in the pattern of settlement in both Hamwic and the subsequent late Saxon town. In addition, the increasingly urban nature of the settlement appears to have influenced burial practices.
Paper c: Although popular histories of medieval Spain continue to represent it as a multicultural utopia, scholars working on different periods and geographical areas within Muslim and Christian Spain have reached more ambivalent and varied conclusions. This paper surveys what may and may not be said about Christian-Muslim relations in Cordoba in the 9th and 10th centuries. It is based on the legal collections of al-‘Utbi (d. c. 869) and Ibn Sahl (1022-1093) but compares these texts with information from other sources in Latin and Arabic, and with recent archaeological finds in Cordoba.