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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 340: Material Objects in the Merovingian Age

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World
Organiser:Isabel Moreira, Department of History, University of Utah
Moderator/Chair:Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Paper 340-aA Crystal Amulet from Louvres-en-Parisis: What an Individual Object Adds to a Material Corpus
(Language: English)
Genevra Kornbluth, Independent Scholar, Maryland
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life, Social History
Paper 340-bAnother Look at Merovingian Rings
(Language: English)
Isabel Moreira, Department of History, University of Utah
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 340-cMerovech's 'Myth': The Account of the Sources and the Material Evidence
(Language: English)
Michael Naidos, Department of History, Ionian University, Corfu
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Historiography - Medieval, Pagan Religions

The papers in this session examine what material items can tell us about Merovingian ideology and culture. Specifically, the papers examine beads, rings, and grave goods. Rings and beads were in general use long before the Merovingian era, however, each of these source types reveals Merovingian ideas and practices that are specific to the historical period in which they are found. Aligning material objects with written sources presents its own challenges, as an investigation of items in Childeric’s grave, and the 'myth' of Merovech, shows.