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-a||The Rules of Engagement: Destructive Practices in Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries|
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Pagan Religions
|Paper 514-b||Break a Rule but Save a Soul: The Infant Cemetery of St Georg, Göttweig, Austria|
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Canon Law, Religious Life
|Paper 514-c||Rules and the Cluniac Death-Course|
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.