Cemeteries and Society in Merovingian Gaul

Selected Studies in History and Archaeology, 1992-2009


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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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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Part One History and Archaeology
1. Archaeology and Historiography

Part Two Un-Roman activities: Cemeteries and Franksih Settlement, 1992-2009
2. The origins of Reihengraberzivilisation: Forty years on
3. Archaeology and the Late Roman Frontier in Northern Gaul: The so-called Foderatengraber reconsodered
4. Childeric's Grave, Clovis' Succession, and the Origins of the Merovingina Kingdom

Part Three: Burials, Rituals and Commemoration: The Evolution of an Idea, 1995-2009
5. Burial, Ritual and Merovingian Society
6. Burial Writes: Graves, "Texts" and Time in Early Merovingian Northern Gaul
7. Examining the Christianization of the region of Metz from archaeological sources (5th-7th Centuries): Problems, possibilities and implications for Anglo-Saxon England

Part Four: Age and Gender in Merovingian Social Organization
8. Female status and power in early Merovingian central Austrasia: the burial evidence
9. Material Culture, Sex, Gender, Sexuality and TRansgression in Sixth-Century Gaul
10. Merovingian Masculinities
11. Growing up in Merovingian Gaul

Undergraduate and Graduate Students in, and teachers of, early medieval social history and archaeology, or of gender and material culture in general.
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