Consumption patterns and living conditions inside Het Steen, the late medieval prison of Malines (Mechelen, Belgium)

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Troubleyn, Liesbeth ; Kinnaer, Frank ; Ervynck, Anton ; Beeckmans, Luk ; Caluwé, Danielle ; Cooremans, Brigitte ; De Buyser, Frans ; Deforce, Koen ; Desender, Konjev ; Lentacker, An ; Moens, Jan ; Van Bulck, Gaston ; Van Dijck, Maarten ; Van Neer, Willem ; Wouters, Werner (2009)
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

Excavations at the Main Square (Grote Markt) of Malines (Mechelen, Belgium) have unearthed the building remains of a tower, arguably identifiable as the former town prison: Het Steen. When this assumption is followed, the contents of the fills of two cesspits dug out in the cellars of the building illustrate aspects of daily life within the early 14th-century prison. An integrated approach of all find categories, together with the historical context available, illuminates aspects of the material culture of the users of the cesspits, their consumption patterns and the living conditions within the building.
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