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Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages
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Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages

Bonnie Effros

Abstract

Clothing, jewelry, animal remains, ceramics, coins, and weaponry are among the artifacts that have been discovered in graves in Gaul dating from the fifth to eighth century. Those who have unearthed them, from the middle ages to the present, have speculated widely on their meaning. This book contributes to the study of death and burial in late antique and early medieval society with its long overdue systematic discussion of this mortuary evidence. Tracing the history of Merovingian archaeology within its cultural and intellectual context, the book exposes biases and prejudices that have colore ... More

Keywords: artifacts, graves, Gaul, death, burial, late antique and early medieval society, Merovingian archaeology, Frankish kingdoms, elite families, elite men

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520232440
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520232440.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Effros, author