IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1302: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, IV: Death

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:English Heritage
Organiser:Barney Sloane, English Heritage, London
Moderator/Chair:Roberta Gilchrist, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Paper 1302-aDeath, Disease, and Breastfeeding in Infants from Medieval Wharram Percy
(Language: English)
Simon Mays, English Heritage Centre for Archaeology, Portsmouth
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Paper 1302-cChantry Chapels: Building for Death
(Language: English)
Linda Monckton, English Heritage, London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Death is, of course, a universal, natural, experience for all living things. Unsurprisingly, the links between medieval views of death and the natural world are myriad. This session will explore just a few of these from an archaeological and architectural perspective.