IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 514: Death Rules!: Maintaining and Transgressing Funerary Rules across Medieval Europe

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Eleanor Williams, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Ben Jervis, Independent Scholar, Romsey
Paper 514-aThe Rules of Engagement: Destructive Practices in Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries
(Language: English)
Ruth Nugent, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Pagan Religions
Paper 514-bBreak a Rule but Save a Soul: The Infant Cemetery of St Georg, Göttweig, Austria
(Language: English)
Barbara Hausmair, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Canon Law, Religious Life
Paper 514-cRules and the Cluniac Death-Course
(Language: English)
Eleanor Williams, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Monasticism

Burial practices do not simply reflect rules about the treatment of the body and cemetery space. This session will conceptualise the cadaver as mediating experiences of death; as a locus of agency and a touchstone between the living, the dead, the landscape and rules – a moderating force grounded in past practice.

We consider how rules mediated perceptions of death, how were rules embodied, how were rules exerted throughout the death-cycle, and how did they interact with the agency of the dead. Using case studies, we will explore how rules mediated the intersection between life and death.