Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 16205
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gallien , Véronique.
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  • Title: La femme: Témoin de l'evolution du cimetière de la basilique à Saint-Denis durant le haut moyen âge
  • Source: La Femme pendant le Moyen Âge et l'époque moderne. Actes des Sixiémes Journées Anthropologiques de Valbonne 9-10-11 juin 1992.  Edited by Luc BuchetDossier de Documentation Archéologique, 17.  CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre de Recherches Archéologiques) Éditions, 1994.  Pages 69 - 86.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Archaeology Burials Demography Human Remains Saint Denis, Seine, France- Abbey- Cemetery
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 6- 7- 8- 9- 10
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  • Illustrations: Two Illustrations. Figure One Map showing the locations of excavation trenches near the basilica of Saint Denis. Figure Two Map of the cemetery during the seventh century.
  • Table: Five tables and six graphs. Table One Composition of the population exhumed from the cemetery of the basilica by time period and age group (adults versus children). Table Two Composition of the adult population by sex and time period. Table Three Height of females and males based on the left femur. Table Four Harris lines from the first metatarsus left and right which serve as an indicator of morbidity. Based on remains from the north of the cemetery. Table Five Rate of metatarsus without Harris lines. Graph One Bar graph of women's mortality divided by decades (18-29, 30-39, etc.), sixth century. Graph Two Bar graph of men's mortality divided by decades, seventh century. Graph Three Bar graph of women's mortality, seventh century. Graph Four Bar graph of men's mortality, eighth and ninth centuries. Graph Six Bar graph representing the ages at which stress appeared among the population according to sex and time period.
  • Abstract: The topographic and architectural evolution of the cemetery of the Saint-Denis basilica is marked by four periods, including between the end of the 5th and the 10th century. These also involve modification of the buried population's structure. In particular, the feminine elements are subject to the greatest variations through the whole of the Middle Ages. The topographic as well as chronological distribution of individuals seems to reflect a new function of the cemetery, in the excavated areas. Apparently, the anthropological study, combined with archaeological observations, conveys to us the evolutionary nature of the necropolis.
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 2271051576
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