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The excavations carried out in 1982-3 of the late 12th-13th century cemetery at Jewbury, York, are of particular imporatnce as they represent the only large-scale archaeological investigation of a medieval Jewish cemetery in England. This report introduces the historical background to the medieval Jewish community in York, and gives a full account of the site and archaeological excavations. Interpretation of the archaeological evidence is then presented, followed by treatment of the material remains from nearly 500 graves, and detailed anthropological and pathological analyses of the cemetery population. The report concludes with catalogues for the human remains and the coffin fittings and other finds, together with large fold-out plans of the site. Its results, together with concluding essays, provide important information on the Jewish medieval community in York and England.
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Book Description London : Council for British Archaeology, 1994. Soft cover. Condition: New. pages 295-578 : illustrations ; 25 cm. Text in English with summaries in French and German. Includes folded charts in pocket. Excavations in 1982/3 uncovered the remains of the cemetery of the Jewish community of York. It was first used between 1177 and 1230, and remained in use until the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290. The remains of nearly 500 individuals were recovered for anthropological analysis; the results represent the only detailed study of a medieval Jewish population from England. Studies were made of the distribution of burials according to age and sex. It was also possible to analyse burial alignment and to estimate the size of the medieval Jewish population in York. Information was gained on laying out methods, burial positions and coffins. This was compared with what is known of Jewish burial practices elsewhere in Europe and with contemporary Christian sites in York. Seller Inventory # PGYORK18