Ghent University Academic Bibliography

Advanced

A merovingian surprise: early medieval radiocarbon dates on cremated bone (Borsbeek, Belgium)

Guy De Mulder UGent, Mark Van Strydonck, Rica Annaert and Mathieu Boudin (2012) RADIOCARBON. 54(3-4). p.581-588
abstract
Radiocarbon dating of cremated bone is a well-established practice in the study of prehistoric cremation cemeteries since the introduction of the method in the late 1990s. C-14 dates on the Late Bronze Age urnfield and Merovingian cemetery at Borsbeek in Belgium shed new light on Merovingian funerary practices. Inhumation was the dominant funerary rite in this period in the Austrasian region. In the Scheldt Valley, however, some cremations are known, termed Brandgrubengraber, which consist of the deposition of a mix of cremated bone and the remnants from the pyre in the grave pit. C-14 dates from Borsbeek show that other ways of deposition of cremated bone in this period existed. In both cases, bones were selected from the pyre and wrapped in an organic container before being buried. Recent excavation and C-14 dates from another Merovingian cemetery at Broechem confirmed the information about the burial rites and chronology from Borsbeek. This early Medieval practice of cremation rituals seems an indication of new arrivals of colonists from northern regions where cremation remained the dominant funerary rite. Another case at Borsbeek shows the reuse of a Late Bronze Age urn in the Merovingian period. This practice is known from Viking burials in Scandinavia, but was not ascertained until now in Flanders.
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
year
type
journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
IRON-AGE, CALIBRATION, PROGRAM
journal title
RADIOCARBON
Radiocarbon
volume
54
issue
3-4
pages
581 - 588
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000312156500022
JCR category
GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS
JCR impact factor
1.065 (2012)
JCR rank
49/76 (2012)
JCR quartile
3 (2012)
ISSN
0033-8222
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
3116338
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3116338
date created
2013-01-30 11:52:31
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:43:28
@article{3116338,
  abstract     = {Radiocarbon dating of cremated bone is a well-established practice in the study of prehistoric cremation cemeteries since the introduction of the method in the late 1990s. C-14 dates on the Late Bronze Age urnfield and Merovingian cemetery at Borsbeek in Belgium shed new light on Merovingian funerary practices. Inhumation was the dominant funerary rite in this period in the Austrasian region. In the Scheldt Valley, however, some cremations are known, termed Brandgrubengraber, which consist of the deposition of a mix of cremated bone and the remnants from the pyre in the grave pit. C-14 dates from Borsbeek show that other ways of deposition of cremated bone in this period existed. In both cases, bones were selected from the pyre and wrapped in an organic container before being buried. Recent excavation and C-14 dates from another Merovingian cemetery at Broechem confirmed the information about the burial rites and chronology from Borsbeek. This early Medieval practice of cremation rituals seems an indication of new arrivals of colonists from northern regions where cremation remained the dominant funerary rite. Another case at Borsbeek shows the reuse of a Late Bronze Age urn in the Merovingian period. This practice is known from Viking burials in Scandinavia, but was not ascertained until now in Flanders.},
  author       = {De Mulder, Guy and Van Strydonck, Mark and Annaert, Rica and Boudin, Mathieu},
  issn         = {0033-8222},
  journal      = {RADIOCARBON},
  keyword      = {IRON-AGE,CALIBRATION,PROGRAM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3-4},
  pages        = {581--588},
  title        = {A merovingian surprise: early medieval radiocarbon dates on cremated bone (Borsbeek, Belgium)},
  volume       = {54},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
De Mulder, Guy, Mark Van Strydonck, Rica Annaert, and Mathieu Boudin. 2012. “A Merovingian Surprise: Early Medieval Radiocarbon Dates on Cremated Bone (Borsbeek, Belgium).” Radiocarbon 54 (3-4): 581–588.
APA
De Mulder, Guy, Van Strydonck, M., Annaert, R., & Boudin, M. (2012). A merovingian surprise: early medieval radiocarbon dates on cremated bone (Borsbeek, Belgium). RADIOCARBON, 54(3-4), 581–588.
Vancouver
1.
De Mulder G, Van Strydonck M, Annaert R, Boudin M. A merovingian surprise: early medieval radiocarbon dates on cremated bone (Borsbeek, Belgium). RADIOCARBON. 2012;54(3-4):581–8.
MLA
De Mulder, Guy, Mark Van Strydonck, Rica Annaert, et al. “A Merovingian Surprise: Early Medieval Radiocarbon Dates on Cremated Bone (Borsbeek, Belgium).” RADIOCARBON 54.3-4 (2012): 581–588. Print.