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St. Martin's Uncovered: Investigations in the Churchyard of St. Martin's-in-the-bull-ring, Birmingham, 2001
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Publisher Oxbow Books Ltd
Publication date April 11, 2006
Pages 252
Binding Hardcover
Edition Hardcover with CD
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781842172018
ISBN-10 1842172018
Dimensions 1 by 8.25 by 11.75 in.
Weight 3 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $70.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: The archaeological excavations at St. Martin's churchyard, Birmingham uncovered 857 burials dating to the late 18th and the 19th century. The burials represent a cross-section of Birmingham's population during the peiod of the Industrial Revolution. Detailed anthropological analysis was carried out on a sample of 505 of the skeletons, investigating aspects of demography and health. Compared to the modern British population, the analysis revealed a high prevalence of metabolic diseases, such as scurvy and rickets. The results of these and other pathological conditions reveal that there were very real links between the prevalence of diseases and the socio-economic status of the individuals under investigation. This is most striking in the patterns of various types of trauma, which graphically illustrate the hard lives led by working-class women. The investigations also provide insights into burial practices and funerary trade, and documentary research on named individuals from the vaults provides information on family histories which complements and informs the anthropological and archaeological analyses. Throughout the report an attempt is made to place the findings in the context of their social, economic and religious background, in order to provide an integrated analysis. The report concludes with contrasting reconstructions of two funerals at St. Martin's, one of a wealthy iron merchant and the other of a butcher's wife.

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