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Investigation of a Romano-British rural ritual in Bedford, England.

Boylston, A. and Knusel, C. and Roberts, C. A. and Dawson, M. (2000) 'Investigation of a Romano-British rural ritual in Bedford, England.', Journal of archaeological science., 27 (3). pp. 241-254.

Abstract

The Romano-British cemetery at Kempston, a suburb of Bedford, was excavated in 1992 by Bedfordshire County Archaeology Service and revealed 12 individuals who had been decapitated and 12 who were placed in the prone position. These practices are a regular feature of internments in rural and a few urban cemeteries dating to the late Roman period in a well-defined area of central England. The osteological findings are discussed and placed in the context of more widespread Iron Age customs.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Decapitation, Prone burial, Ritual.
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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jasc.1999.0451
Record Created:13 Oct 2009 11:50
Last Modified:02 Dec 2009 11:38

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