IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 102: The Bioarchaeology of the Medieval Life Course, I

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Paper 102-aOn the Threshold of Adulthood: Skeletal Indicators of Puberty
(Language: English)
Fiona Shapland, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Demography
Paper 102-bAgeing the Aged: New Methods for Identifying the Elderly in the Medieval Skeletal Record
(Language: English)
Ceri Falys, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Demography
Paper 102-cA Series of Unfortunate Events: Poor Childhood Health and Early Adult Mortality in Medieval London
(Language: English)
Rebecca Watts, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Demography
Paper 102-dEavesdropping on the Dead: Eaves-Drip Burials and Zoning of Women and Children in Early Medieval Cemeteries
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites
Abstract

Archaeological studies into the experience of living in the Middle Ages provide a connection between human lives and the material world, adding a new dimension to historical studies of the medieval lifecycle (Gilchrist, 2012). These studies are often hindered by the complex nature of biological ageing, meaning that the skeletal remains of the very young, elderly or those who have just reached sexual maturity are invisible in the archaeological record. This session presents a series of papers showcasing new techniques that enable us to identifying the bodies of people at different stages of the medieval life cycle, and explore how their society treated them in death.