Talk: Viking Warrior Women and the Public Archaeology of Death
Chester: Saturday 26 October, 10.00–11.00
Talk synopsis: This talk introduces the ‘public archaeology of death’: the popular culture and politics of archaeological investigations of the dead. Focusing on recent research and public debates regarding ‘Viking warrior women’ to highlight the ethical challenges archaeologists face in digging, displaying and debating death in the digital age.
Speaker bio: Howard Williams is a professor of archaeology at the University of Chester and researches mortuary archaeology and the archaeology of remembrance. His most recent works include Archaeologists and the Dead (OUP, 2016), Cremation and the Archaeology of Death (OUP, 2017) and The Public Archaeology of Death (Equinox 2019). He regularly writes a blog: Archaeodeath.