An early Anglo-Saxon cremation urn and associated artefacts on display at the British Museum, 2014

Only in the summer, I posted an update regarding one strand of my research deriving from my doctoral thesis of 2000 (now fully available via the British Library): Early Anglo-Saxon cremation practice. I posted this autumn about my latest paper, in the Veraschrift.

I thought it might help students and scholars, especially those in the commercial sector who seem to struggle to access, digest, cite, yet alone revise and critique my research in relation to new data, to outline my principal publications on this topic.

So, removing my 2006 monograph, various journal articles and book chapters on other topics relating to public archaeology, the history of archaeology as well as mortuary archaeology and archaeologies of memory from prehistoric, Roman, early medieval, later medieval and modern times, here is a list of the specific publications out there I have written about different dimensions of early Anglo-Saxon (5th-7th centuries) cremation practice.

Many are available via my Selected Works and sites, or Chester Rep.

This is worth doing since, having just scrutinised three recently published monographs on early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, it is clear to me that they could have done with reading a few (and in one case, quite a few more) of these publications before developing their interpretations of the cremation graves and deposits:

Williams, H. 2015. Death, hair and memory: cremation’s heterogeneity in early Anglo-Saxon England, Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia, 10, 29–76.

Williams, H. 2014. A well-urned rest: cremation and inhumation in early Anglo-Saxon England, in I. Kuijt, C.P. Quinn and G. Cooney (eds) Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp. 93-118.

Nugent, R. & Williams, H. 2012. Sighted surfaces: ocular agency in early Anglo-Saxon cremation burials, in I-M. Back Danielsson, F. Fahlander & Y. Sjöstrand (eds) Encountering Images: Materialities, Perceptions, Relations. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology 57, Stockholm: Stockholm University, pp. 187-208.

Williams, H. 2011. Mortuary practices in early Anglo-Saxon England, in H. Hamerow, D. Hinton and S. Crawford (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 238-59.

Williams, H. 2007. Transforming body and soul: toilet implements in early Anglo-Saxon graves, in S. Semple & H. Williams (eds) Early Medieval Mortuary Practices: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology & History 14: 66-91.

Williams, H. 2005. Keeping the dead at arm’s length: memory, weaponry and early medieval mortuary technologies, Journal of Social Archaeology 5(2): 253-275.

Williams, H. 2005. Cremation in early Anglo-Saxon England – past, present and future research, in H-J. Häβler (eds.) Studien zur Sachsenforchung 15, Oldenburg: Isensee, pp. 533-49.

Williams, H. 2005. Animals, ashes & ancestors, in A. Pluskowski (ed.) Beyond Skin and Bones? New Perspectives on Human-Animal Relations in the Historical Past, Oxford: BAR International Series 1410, pp. 19-40.

Williams, H. 2004. Assembling the dead, in A. Pantos & S. Semple (eds.) Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 109-34.

Williams, H. 2004. Artefacts in early medieval graves – a new perspective, in R. Collins & J. Gerrard (eds.) Debating Late Antiquity in Britain AD300-700, Oxford: BAR British Series 365, pp. 89-102.

Williams, H. 2004. Death warmed up: the agency of bodies and bones in early Anglo-Saxon cremation rites, Journal of Material Culture 9(3): 263-91.

Williams, H. 2003. Material culture as memory: combs and cremation in early medieval Britain, Early Medieval Europe 12(2): 89-128.

Williams, H. 2002. Cemeteries as central places: landscape and identity in early Anglo-Saxon England, in B. Hårdh & L. Larsson (eds.) Central Places in the Migration and Merovingian Periods. Papers from the 52nd Sachsensymposium. Lund: Almqvist, pp. 341-362.

Williams, H. 2002. “The Remains of Pagan Saxondom”? studying Anglo-Saxon cremation practices, in S. Lucy & A. Reynolds (eds) Burial in Early Medieval England and Wales. Leeds: Maney, Society of Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 17, pp. 47-71.

Williams, H. 2001. An ideology of transformation: cremation rites and animal sacrifice in early Anglo-Saxon England, in. N. Price (ed.) The Archaeology of Shamanism. London: Routledge. pp. 193-212.

Williams, H. 2000. ‘The Burnt Germans of the Age of Iron’: An Analysis of Early Anglo-Saxon Cremation Practices. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Reading: University of Reading.

For a full list of my publications, see here.

I’ve got a few forthcoming articles too on this theme, so keep your eyes peeled for more burning issues!