Cemeteries and Society in Merovingian Gaul: Selected Studies in History and Archaeology, 1992-2009

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BRILL, 2010 - History - 417 pages
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Seven of Guy Halsall's most important essays on the social interpretation of Merovingian cemetery archaeology are collected in this volume. The opening chapter discusses the relationships between documentary history and archaeology while the subsequent articles cover the interpretation of fourth-century Gallic furnished inhumations, the celebrated burial of King Childeric I, and the ways in which one might 'read' a burial as evidence for ritual. The final part of the book looks at the social history of Merovingian communities as revealed in cemetery evidence, looking at gender, sexuality and age. The reprinted chapters are accompanied by two wholly rewritten pieces and two entirely new articles. Finally, the book contains five extended 'commentaries' on the debates to which these chapters contributed.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Archaeology and Historiography
21
Archaeology and its discontents
49
Introduction to Part Two
91
Chapter Three Archaeology and the Late Roman Frontier
107
Careful with that axe Eugenius
131
Chapter Four Childerics Grave Clovis Succession and
169
Once more unto SaintBrice
188
Introduction to Part Three
201
Ritual and Commemoration
232
Chapter Seven Examining the Christianization of the region
261
Introduction to Part Four
287
GraveGoods Female Status and
315
Chapter Nine Material Culture Sex Gender Sexuality
323
Chapter Ten Merovingian Masculinities
357
Chapter Eleven Growing up in Merovingian Gaul
383
Index
413

Graves Texts and Time in Early
215

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About the author (2010)

Guy Halsall, D.Phil (1990) in History (York), is Professor of History at the University of York. He has published widely on early medieval social history and archaeology, most recently "Barbarian Migrations and the Roman West" (Cambridge, 2009).

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