IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1535: Cemeteries and Funeral Practices of the Medieval Jewish Communities in Europe

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives
Organiser:Philippe Blanchard, Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives, Archaeological Centre, Tours
Moderator/Chair:Max Polonovski, Direction du Patrimoine, Ministère de la Culture, Paris
Paper 1535-aComparison of Cemeteries and Burial Practices of the Medieval Jewish Communities in Europe according to Archaeological, Textual, and Iconographic Data
(Language: English)
Philippe Blanchard, Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives, Archaeological Centre, Tours
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1535-bFuneral Practices in Les Roquêtes, the Jewish Medieval Cemetery in Tàrrega
(Language: English)
Anna Colet, Museu Comarcal de l'Urgell-Tàrrega
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1535-cMonjuich: The Jewish Necropolis of Barcelona, 9th-14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Xavier Maese Fidalgo, Servei d'Arqueologia de Barcelona (ICUB)
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

Jewish cemeteries of medieval Europe are rather poorly documented by texts and iconography. So, archaeology is a new source wich should be exploited. The objective for this session is to present the results of recent excavations on Jewish cemeteries. A special focus will be made to the localisation of these burial sites over the city and for the elements that define them (boundaries, buildings, organisation …). Similarly, funeral practices (type of burials, position of the bodies, grave goods …) will be studied in order to compare them with those of Christian or Islamic cemeteries in the same period.