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Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain
How were the dead remembered in early medieval Britain? Originally published in 2006, this innovative study demonstrates how perceptions of the past and the dead, and hence social identities, were constructed through mortuary practices and commemoration between c. 400 1100 AD. Drawing on archaeological evidence from across Britain, including archaeological discoveries, How ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Cambridge Bibles
(first published January 1st 2006)
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In this refreshing look at the whole picture, Williams builds on the old archeological maxim "the dead do not bury themselves". Williams looks at burials in early medieval Britain as a whole package: not just a source of osteological information, but, as texts containing many meanings formed by the arrangement of objects and the body. Also coming into play is the siting of the grave in the landscape : the silhouette it forms against the sky, the view from the grave, even the very shape of the gr ...more