Pagan Funeral

Anglo-Saxon 5th to 7th century
Bidford-on-Avon
Lakenheath, Norfolk
Burgh Apton

West Heslerton
Snape
Westgarth Gardens

Viking 8th to 11th century
Veka, Vangen Sogn
Norder Kjolen, Hedmark, Norway
Trekroner-Grydehoj, Denmark
Fyrkat Seeress
Rottingsnes, Norway
Birka
Hedeby
Badkammergraven, Haithabu, Schleswig
Grave 7, Kolsa, Landkreis Delitzsch, Germany
Juellinge, Denmark
Papa Westray, Scotland
Scar,
Cumwhitton, Carlisle

Recreating some of the less brutal Pagan funeral practices within the classroom. Making a grave or bier out of gym benches covered with cloth and laying items along with the dead body (played by a volunteer in costume) in the grave / on the pyre. Rituals, offerings surrounding cremation or inhumation. Using original excavation reports and other evidence to recreate burials in the style of the original. Sacrificing plastic toys / slaves, if age appropriate.

Questions answered: How were different people buried, and why? What was the significance of the things buried?


Food offerings such as wild bullock meat are represented by a wooden toy, and the horse is sacrificed by popping it apart!