Lots of sites with gypsum burials in London, not just during the Roman period but also into the medieval period. Never found one yet that didn't have a body imprint and also evidence that the gypsum was sealed within a box. Occasional evidence that the bodies may have been enshrouded and perhaps that is producing confusing indications as to the nature of the remains. A similar phenomena is also noted with burials in coffins packed with charcoal...
The subject is covered in the Museum of London Eastern Cemeteries monograph and Barney Sloane of English Heritage did some research on later gypsum burials in London I believe.....
From: SOUTHWELL-WRIGHT W.A. <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 14:49
Subject: [BRITARCH] Roman Gypsum Burials
I am currently looking at a site which contains a Roman-period Gypsum burial where the authors suggest that the body was already skeletonised at the time the gypsum was poured over them due to the lack of any imprint from the body within it. I was wondering if anyone had encountered any other sites or case studies with similar practices, and if they could point me in the direction of them?