Session1105
TitleChristian Burial: Rites and Realities
Date/TimeWednesday 11 July 2012: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserCourtney Helen Buchanan, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
 
Moderator/ChairCatriona Anna Gray, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
 
Paper 1105-a Iron Age Christianity: Early Medieval Monastic Burial in Scotland
(Language: English)
Adrián Maldonado, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 1105-b Viking-Age Burial Rites: When Furnished Graves do not Equal Pagan Burials
(Language: English)
Courtney Helen Buchanan, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Daily Life; Pagan Religions; Religious Life
Paper 1105-c Leprosy and Hagiography in Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Anne Paton, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Hagiography; Religious Life
 
AbstractRules of Christian burial in the medieval period of Britain and Ireland have been discussed as strict and unyielding, in line with Rome's policy towards those who were baptised and those who were unworthy of burial in hallowed ground. However, recent results from archaeological and historical investigations have uncovered medieval burial practices and rituals that do not conform to the expected 'orthodoxy'. This session will discuss text-led expectations of Christian rites, and the deviancies and realities of burial practices in the medieval period using the latest archaeological and historical research, covering the beginning of the Christian era in Britain and Ireland through the 15th century.