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Death Rituals in Alsace from Prehistory to the End of the 19th Century

Death Rituals in Alsace from Prehistory to the End of the 19th Century
STRASBOURG  •  Musée Archéologique  •  Ongoing
To investigate the complex world of death rites is to look into the history of ideas and to examine the similarities and the differences in how each period has dealt with death. Alsace enjoys a rich archaeological heritage of many different traditions, an open religious and social background, and very diverse and original funerary art, which makes it an ideal place to investigate the many and complex responses of the living to the phenomenon of death, from Prehistoric times to the late 19th century. From proto-historic mounds to antique necropolises, from the simplicity of death in the Middle ages, sanctified by the Church, to the pomp of the Baroque period, from Romantic death to the vast urban necropolises of the 19th century, each period reveals the way in which people have tried to come to terms with the”last journey” by  surrounding it with ritual.

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Contact: Tel: (33) 3 88 52 50 00

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