Göran Tagesson

2 The Human Body as Material Culture – Linköping Cathedral Churchyard in the Early Modern Period

Introduction

This article discusses the human body as a kind of material culture, an active medium for expressing values and beliefs, as well as hopes for the life after this. The excavation of the cemetery at Linköping Cathedral in 2002–2003 comprised 570 individuals from the period 1100–1810. Here we have a unique opportunity to study living conditions and changes in mortuary practice over a long period

The material has been stratigraphically divided into three medieval phases (1–3) and three post-medieval phases (4–6). The period from circa 1500 until the end of the 17th century (phase 4) saw a distinct continuity in burial traditions ...

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