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From: Archaeology Data Service Superlist on behalf of Stuart Jeffery
Sent: Thu 02/11/2006 11:16
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Subject: Medieval Monastic Cemeteries of Britain (1050-1600) - Launch of major digital resource announced.

The Archaeology Data Service is pleased to announce the launch of a major
new archaeological resource online.
Medieval Monastic Cemeteries of Britain (1050-1600):a digital resource and
database of excavated samples:

Created by Roberta Gilchrist and Barney Sloane with funding from the Arts
and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC), this resource is the result of
a national survey of medieval burial practice carried out through the
detailed study of excavated cemetery samples, primarily from religious
houses, covering the period c 1050 - 1600 CE. The digital resource presented
here covers over 8000 excavated medieval burials from 70 separate cemetery
excavations in England, Wales and Scotland. Where the data permitted,
digital plans of each cemetery have been compiled, and a relational database
constructed to capture all variable attributes of grave cut, skeletal
demography, burial container, and artefacts associated with the burial.

The digital resource is also designed to be used in conjunction with the
hard-copy publication based on the survey:
Gilchrist, Roberta and Sloane, Barney 2005, Requiem: the medieval monastic
cemetery in Britain. Museum of London Archaeology Service, ISBN

This project represents a major new resource which will be invaluable to
researchers and scholars of the medieval period as well as all
archaeologists interested in wider questions of burial practice and the
study of human remains.


Dr Stuart Jeffrey

User Services Manager
Archaeology Data Service       
Department of Archaeology              
University of York                             
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York, YO1 7EP, UK

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