Sarah Tarlow

1 Introduction: Death and Burial in Post-medieval Europe

What does the below-ground archaeology of death and burial teach us about people in the post-medieval past? How much did practices vary across Europe? Do mortuary practices in this period reflect religious beliefs, social aspirations, thoughts about life and death, emotional responses to love and loss, or a combination of those factors? Or none of them? Given the volume of raw archaeological evidence, these questions remain surprisingly hard to answer.

The archaeology of death and burial in Europe in the post-medieval period is not a very extensively developed research area. In part this mirrors the low level of attention paid to post-medieval archaeology generally in many ...

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