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I completed my BA Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2014, and my MA Medieval Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in 2015. My thesis focuses on the changes in burial practices that occur across early medieval Europe in the 7th-8th century, from furnished mixed-rite cemeteries to unfurnished inhumations around churches, with a particular emphasis on England, France, and Germany. Themes of this study include Christianisation, the evolution of burial rituals, and the cultural cohesion of early medieval Europe.

Other Academic Interests

Early Medieval Archaeology

Death and Burial




Department: Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Susanne Hakenbeck
College: Pembroke
AHRC Subject Area: Archaeology
Title of Thesis: Change and Continuity of Burial Practice: a Study of Cultural and Religious Cohesion in Early Medieval Europe
 Emma  Brownlee