5th to 7th century
8th to 11th century
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?