IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1301: Tombs and Identities: New Lights on High-Status Burials in Early Medieval Europe

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Roland Steinacher, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Philipp von Rummel, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Roma
Moderator/Chair:Walter Pohl, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Respondent:Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1301-aFuneral Ritual and Social Representation: Royal Burials in Early Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Piero Majocchi, Università degli Studi di Padova
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General
Paper 1301-bImitatio imperii?: Childeric's Grave and its Relation to the Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Philipp von Rummel, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Roma
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1301-cThe Dead Who Mattered: Privileged Graves in 4th- and 5th-Century Italy
(Language: English)
Irene Barbiera, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Geografiche e dell’Antichità, Università degli Studi di Padova
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Social History
Abstract

High-status burials do have a paradigmatic influence on interpretation in funeral archaeology. The session discusses potentials and limits of archaeological approaches to identities in such graves. Particular problems in question are ethnic ascriptions of the deceased and the reconstruction of their social status by the means of grave offerings and burial architecture.