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Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049830

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049830.001.0001

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The “Other” Burials at Torre de Palma

The “Other” Burials at Torre de Palma

Childhood as Special Death in a Medieval Portuguese Site

(p.75) 4 The “Other” Burials at Torre de Palma
Tracing Childhood

Sarah Holt

Stacey Hallman

Mary Lucas Powell

Maia M. Langley

University Press of Florida

The early Medieval burials in Apse 3 of the Portuguese site of Torre de Palma include at least 20 individuals comprised of neonates, infants, and very young sub-adults interred between 1100-1600AD. This chapter explores these sub-adult burials in the context of normative burial traditions in contemporary Portuguese sites, as well as cross-cultural treatments of liminal individuals who may be excluded from inclusionary burial practices due to Catholic canon law. This chapter argues the separate interment of the very young within a bounded, recognizable, and reused holy space does not constitute a deviant burial practice, but instead reflects one variation of a long practiced “othering” of infants and young children within the larger society.

Keywords:   Torre de Palma, sub-adult burial, othering, deviant burial, Medieval burials

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