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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 558: Archaeological Artefacts of Early Medieval Society

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Daan Lijdsman, Faculteit der Letteren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Moderator/Chair:James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Paper 558-aThe Prittlewell Prince's Costly Cutlery: Byzantine Baptismal Spoons in their Early Medieval Insular Context
(Language: English)
Daan Lijdsman, Faculteit der Letteren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Epigraphy, Religious Life
Paper 558-b'All that glitters is not gold': Merovingian Elite Burials in Northern Gaul
(Language: English)
Jip Barreveld, Faculteit Archeologie Universiteit Leiden
Femke Lippok, Faculteit Archeologie Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Rural, Social History
Paper 558-cDouble Monasteries and Gender in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Flannery Elisabeth McIntyre, Department of Archaeology Newnham College University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Gender Studies, Monasticism

This session investigates current developments in scholarship on the material culture of early medieval Frankish and insular societies. Combining analyses of burial sites, building material, and historical literary sources, this session aims to shed light on the function of early medieval grave goods in the contexts of religion, elite culture, and gender. Topics addressed in this session include the religious function of Byzantine baptismal spoons found in richly furnished insular graves, the methodological problems of the concept of 'elite burials', and the ramifications of double monasteries on Christian gender constructions.