THE MEDIAEVAL BURIALS FROM THE BLACKFRIARS FRIARY, SCHOOL STREET, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK (EXCAVATED 1983-85)

Author(s): Simon Mays

250 burials (148 male adults, 64 female adults, 14 unsexed adults and 24 juveniles) interred between 1263 and 1538 are examined. The material was excavated in 1983-85, from the site of the Blackfriars Friary, School Street, Ipswich. The burials represent interments within the friary complex. A study of the effects of preservation and recovery factors on the assemblage is carried out. Comparison between this group and other archaeological assemblages suggests a change in cranial form in East Anglia about the time of the Norman conquest. Pathologies include possible cases of rheumatoid arthritis, syphilis (which a high precision radiocarbon date indicates probably predates 1493), tuberculosis, leprosy, Paget's disease and weapon injuries. Despite the above it seems likely that this was a fairly privileged group in terms of diet and health.

Report Number:
16/1991
Series:
AML Reports (New Series)
Pages:
225
Keywords:
Human Bone Human Remains

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