IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1002: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I: Plague

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:English Heritage
Organiser:Barney Sloane, English Heritage, London
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Kn├╝sel, Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
Paper 1002-aPlague in 14th-Century London: A Closer Look
(Language: English)
Barney Sloane, English Heritage, London
Paper 1002-bThe Black Death Cemetery of East Smithfield, London: A Review of the Osteological Evidence from the Victims
(Language: English)
William White, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, Museum of London
Index terms: Archaeology - General
Paper 1002-cThe Paleodemography of the Black Death: The Hereford Cathedral Close Cemetery
(Language: English)
Anthea E. Boylston, Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
Index terms: Archaeology - General
Abstract

_And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and beheld a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer._

Epidemic disease affected England frequently during the middle ages, but never more so than in the devastating outbreak of the Black Death in 1348 and its subsequent re-visitations. This session provides exciting new evidence of the impact of and responses to the plague in the 14th century, including evidence from the dead themselves.