IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 130: The Afterlife of the Dead: Reform in Attitude towards Medieval Burials, Corpses, and Bones

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval & Ancient Research Centre (MARCUS), University of Sheffield
Organiser:Alyxandra Mattison, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Paper 130-aSoul's Need, Community's Preference: The Maintenance of Local Burial Practice in the Face of Religious Reform in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Alexandra Aversa Sheldon, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 130-bFrom Outcast Sinners to Fellow Christians: The Effect of Purgatorial Thinking on the Burial Treatment of Executed Criminals in Medieval England, c. 900-1200
(Language: English)
Alyxandra Mattison, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Social History
Paper 130-cPost-Depositional Disturbance of the Medieval Buried Dead: A Functional Response to Overcrowded Cemeteries, or a Forgotten Funerary Practice?
(Language: English)
Jennifer Crangle, Deptartment of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
Abstract

This session proposes three papers which focus on changing views of death and the dead in the Middle Ages through examination of the treatment of human remains. Each paper considers a different aspect on this theme, from funerary rites to the relationship between the corpse and the soul, which provide an overview of medieval beliefs about the dead and how these views may have been transformed over time. The papers build on current scholarship by focusing on subject areas with limited prior research, using interdisciplinary approaches to revise understanding of the medieval attitude towards death.