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By Christina Lee

Anglo-Saxons have been often buried with fabric artefacts, starting from pots to garments to jewelry, and in addition with goods of nutrition, whereas the funeral ritual itself used to be usually marked by means of feasting, occasionally on the graveside. The e-book examines where of meals and feasting in funerary rituals from the earliest interval to the 11th century, contemplating the alterations and ameliorations that happened in this time, drawing on quite a lot of resources, from archaeological proof to the prevailing texts. It seems to be particularly at representations of funerary feasting, the way it capabilities as a device for reminiscence, and sheds gentle at the courting among the residing and the lifeless. CHRISTINA LEE is a lecturer within the college of English experiences on the collage of Nottingham.

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The bones indicate that domestic animals at 40 41 42 43 44 Crabtree, ‘Animal exploitation’, 50. Crabtree, ‘Symbolic role of animals’, 24, fig. 2. J. Mulville and K. , Yarnton, 325–50, at 350. Crabtree, ‘Animal exploitation’, 40–1. J. , Environment and Economy, 121–5. 45 Hamerow, Early Medieval Settlements, 149. 46 Crabtree, ‘Animal exploitation’, 41. 24 Eorðan wæstmas: a Feast for the Living Hamwic were plentiful and also quite sturdy and large. 47 A number of bones have not been recovered from domestic waste deposits, such as middens or pits, but found inside structures of settlements.

Sumes onlice swa mon to ondleofne eorðan wæstmas on hærfeste ham gelædeð wiste wynsume ær wintres cyme on rypes timan, þy læs hi renes scur awyrde under wolcnum; þær hi wraðe metað, fodorþege gefean, þonne forst ond snaw mid ofermægne eorþan þeccað wintergewædum. Of þam wæstmum sceal eorla eadwela eft alædan þurh cornes gecynd, þa ær clæne bið sæd onsawen. 86 EVIDENCE FROM GRAVES You are what you eat: physiological features as evidence for diet-related diseases The human skeleton is not unlike a history book, where accidents are recorded in form of fractures, where decay marks the years and strains on the body, where diseases, such as tuberculosis or leprosy, alter the structure and where the absence or presence of food and water leave signatures that can no longer be erased.

92 Breast milk contains natural anti- 87 88 89 90 91 92 K. , Death, Decay and Reconstruction, 169–79, at 163–4. C. Wells, in: S. Chadwick Hawkes with G. , The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Worthy Park, Kingsworthy, near Winchester, Hampshire (Oxford: Oxford School of Archaeology, 2003), 164. A. Boylston, R. Wiggins and C. Roberts, ‘Human skeletal remains’, in: G. Drinkall and M. , The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Castledyke South, Barton-on-Humber, Sheffield Excavation Report 6 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998), 227–9 and 235.

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