Forensic archaeoentomology—An insect fauna from a burial in York Minster

Eva Panagiotakopulu, Paul C. Buckland

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An insect fauna associated with the medieval burial of Archbishop Greenfield, interred in December 1315 in a lead coffin within a stone sarcophagus beneath the floor of York Minster, is examined and compared with the limited entomological data from other medieval burials. The implications of the archaeoentomological data are discussed. The fauna is dominated by the so-called coffin beetle Rhizophagus parallelocollis and the generalised staphylinid predator Quedius mesomelinus, together with a number of subterranean fungal feeders. The beetle assemblage is probably immediately post burial, and the lead coffin in the case of Greenfield had not been able to shield the body from decay.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Forensic archaeoentomology
  • Inhumation
  • Insect fauna
  • Medieval
  • Rhizophagus parallelocollis


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