I’ve now been in-post at the University of Chester for 10 years!

Yes, that’s 10 years.

Thanks to all my colleagues and students  – past and present – for helping make the job so distinctive and varied. Thanks also to long-suffering wife, kids, parents and parents-in-law for making it an interesting and exhausting journey. Further thanks to Doris the Dahon. In summary, it has been an tough, stressful, challenging but fun and rewarding decade.

My list of failures is way too long, but here are some of the principal duties and achievements over the decade.

Various Admin Roles, and even some Admin Rolls…

  • Research Coordinator for Archaeology steering and writing the Archaeology submission to REF 2014
  • Link Tutor for University College Isle of Man History & Heritage degrees
  • Department Research Seminar Series Co-Organiser
  • Sometime writer of unnecessary emails
  • Most-of-the-time deleter of emails

PhD Supermisery Successes

  • Ruth Nugent, PhD. Handling the Dead, November 2011 – November 2015. Passed, January 2016.
  • Rachel Swallow, PhD. Cheshire Castles in Context. October 2011 – July 2015. Passed, November 2015.
  • Joanne Kirton, PhD. The Contextualisation of Cheshire’s Early Medieval Sculptural Corpus: an In-depth Exploration of the Key Relationship between Carved Monuments and their Location. January 2009 – Jan 2015. Passed Viva, May 2015.

MA Degrees and MA Modules – Design, Validation and Delivery

  • MA Archaeology of Death and Memory
  • MA Archaeology and Heritage Practice

Undergraduate Modules Designed and Delivered, incl.:

  • Medieval and modern lectures for level 4 (first-year) Archaeology of the British Isles
  • level 5 Medieval Britain and The Contemporary Past
  • level 6 Death and Burial and Vikings

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Fieldwork and Field-based Research

  • Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory – various dyke ramblings;
  • Innumerable trips to ancient monuments, churches and abbeys around NW England and N. Wales;
  • Field project: Project Eliseg with Nancy Edwards, Dai Morgan Evans and Gary Robinson;
  • Surveying churchyard memorials in Devon and Cheshire;
  • Contemporary cremation memorials in English and Welsh churchyards

Grants Received

  • Lots of small grants plus:
  • 2012–2016 European Research Fund with Philip Schwyzer and Nicola Whyte, University of Exeter. The Past in its Place: Histories of Memory in England and Wales.
  • 2011–2014: Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant with Philip Schwyzer, University of Exeter. “Speaking with the Dead: Histories of Memory in Sacred Space”.

A Few Little Awards!

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4 Edited/Co-Edited Books Published

10 Journals/Journal Special Issues Published

  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2017. Archaeological Journal vol. 174 for 2017
  • Williams, H. (guest ed.) 2016. Mortuary citations: Death and Memory in the Viking World: Special issue of the European Journal of Archaeology 19(3) http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/yeja20/19/3.  
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2016. Archaeological Journal vol. 173 for 2016
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2015. Archaeological Journal vol. 172 for 2015
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2014. Archaeological Journal vol. 171 for 2014
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2013. Archaeological Journal vol. 170 for 2013
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2012. Archaeological Journal vol. 169 for 2012
  • Williams, H. (guest ed.) 2011. Archaeologists on Contemporary Death: Mortality Special Issue, 16.2
  • Williams, H. (ed.) 2011. Reviews, in Archaeological Journal 168 for 2011
  • Effros, B. & Williams, H. (guest eds) 2008. Early Medieval Material Culture in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Imagination. Early Medieval Europe 16(1). 126 pages

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22 Journal Articles Published!

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27 Book Chapters Published

  • Williams, H. 2017. Remembering and forgetting the medieval dead: exploring death, memory and material culture in monastic archaeology, in R. Gilchrist and G. L. Watson (eds) Medieval Archaeology: Volume IV: Medieval Social Archaeology, London: Routledge, pp. 168-93.
  • Williams, H., Cerezo-Román, J.I., and Wessman, A. (eds) 2017. Introduction: Archaeologies of Cremation, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1–24 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620512
  • Wessman, A. and Williams, H. 2017. Building for the cremated dead, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 177–98. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620513
  • Williams, H. and Wessman, A. 2017. The contemporary archaeology of urban cremation, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 266–96 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620514
  • Williams, H. 2016. Ethnographies for early Anglo-Saxon cremation, in I. Riddler, L. Keys, and J. Soulat (eds) Le témoignage de la culture matérielle: mélanges offerts au Professeur Vera Evison/ The Evidence of Material Culture: Studies in Honour of Professor Vera Evison, Europe Médiévale 10, Autun: Éditions Mergoil, pp. 139–54 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620242
  • Giles, M. and Williams, H. 2016. Introduction: mortuary archaeology in contemporary society, in H. Williams and M. Giles (eds) Archaeologists and the Dead, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1–20. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/618943
  • Williams, H. 2016. Firing the imagination: cremation in the modern museum, in H. Williams and M. Giles (eds) Archaeologists and the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 293–332. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/618942
  • Semple, S. and Williams, H. 2015. Landmarks for the dead: exploring Anglo-Saxon mortuary geographies, in M. Clegg Hyer and G. R. Owen-Crocker (eds) The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World, Vol. II of The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 137–61 http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/60534 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594429
  • Williams, H. 2015. Beowulf and archaeology: megaliths imagined and encountered in Early Medieval Europe, in M. Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, L. García Sanjuán and D. Wheatley (eds) The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 77-97. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-lives-of-prehistoric-monuments-in-iron-age-roman-and-medieval-europe-9780198724605?cc=gb&lang=en& http://chesterrep.openrepository.com/cdr/handle/10034/336898
  • Williams, H., Kirton, J. and Gondek, M. 2015. Introduction: stones in substance, space and time, in. H. Williams, J. Kirton and M. Gondek (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 1-34. http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14947 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594442
  • Williams, H. 2015. Hogbacks: the materiality of solid spaces, in H. Williams, J. Kirton and M. Gondek (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 241-68 http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14947 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594430
  • Williams, H. 2015. Towards an archaeology of cremation, in C.W. Schmidt & S. Symes (eds) The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 2nd Edition, London: Academic Press, pp.259-93. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128004517&pagename=search http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620246
  • Meyers, K. and Williams, H. 2014. Blog bodies: mortuary archaeology and blogging, in D. Rocks-Macqueen and C. Webster (eds) Blogging Archaeology, E-book: Succinct Research, pp. 137–70. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/337528
  • Williams, H. 2014. Memory through monuments: movement and temporality in Skamby’s boat graves, in H. Alexandersson, A. Andreeff, and A. Bünz (eds) Med hjärta och hjärna. En vänbok till professor Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh, GOTARC Series A, Gothenburg Archaeological Studies, vol. 5, Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, Institutionen för historiska studier, pp. 397-414. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/337528
  • Cerezo-Román, J. I. & Williams, H. 2014. Future directions for the archaeology of cremation, 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. 240-55. http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2504.htm. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555819
  • 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. http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2504.htm http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555812
  • Williams, H. 2013. Death, memory and material culture: catalytic commemoration and the cremated dead, in S. Tarlow and L. Nilsson Stutz (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 195-208. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336963
  • 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. http://www.mikroarkeologi.se/publications/encounteringimagery/11.Howard_Ruth.pdf
  • Williams, H. 2012. Ash and antiquity: archaeology and cremation in contemporary Sweden, in A. M. Jones, J. Pollard, M. J. Allen and J. Gardiner (eds) Image, Memory and Monumentality: Archaeological Engagements with the Material World, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 207-217.
  • Williams, H. 2011. Remembering elites: early medieval stone crosses as commemorative technologies, in L. Boye, P. Ethelberg, L. Heidemann Lutz, S. Kleingärtner, P. Kruse, L. Matthes and A. B. Sørensen (eds) Arkæologi i Slesvig/Archäologie in Schleswig. Sonderband “Det 61. Internationale Sachsensymposion 2010” Haderslev, Denmark. Neumünster: Wachholtz, pp. 13-32. https://www.academia.edu/521529/Williams_H._2011._Remembering_elites_Early_medieval_stone_crosses_as_commemorative_technologies_
  • 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.
  • Content, S. & Williams, H. 2010. Creating the Pagan English, in M. Carver, A. Sanmark & S. Semple (eds) Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 181-200.
  • Williams, H. 2010. At the funeral, in M. Carver, A. Sanmark & S. Semple (eds) Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 67-83.
  • Williams, H. 2010. Engendered bodies and objects of memory in Final Phase graves, in J. Buckberry & A. Cherryson (eds) Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c. 650 – 1100 AD, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 24-36. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311981
  • Williams, H. & Sayer, D. 2009. Halls of mirrors: death & identity in medieval archaeology, in D. Sayer & H. Williams (eds) Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, pp. 1-22.
  • Williams, H. 2009. On display: envisioning the early Anglo-Saxon dead, in D. Sayer. & H. Williams (eds) Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, pp. 170-206.
  • Williams, H. 2008. Towards an archaeology of cremation, in C.W. Schmidt & S. Symes (eds) The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, London: Academic Press, pp.239-269.

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One Blog to Rule Them All!

-2013–Present       Archaeodeath: https://howardwilliamsblog.wordpress.com/

Organised Lots of Awesome Conferences with Students and Colleagues

  • Williams, H. with HI6001 students, Digging into the Dark Ages, Grosvenor Museum, The 3rd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference, 13th December 2017.
  • Williams, H., Murrieta-Flores, P. and Pardoe, J. Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory Inaugural Workshop, University Centre Shrewsbury – 28 April 2017.
  • Williams, H., Costello, B. Downer, A. and Duckers, G. with HI6001 students, Archaeo-Engage – Engaging Communities in Archaeology, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, The 2017 Archaeology Student Conference, 5th April 2017.
  • Williams, H., Costello, B. and Nugent, R. with HI6001 students Dead Relevant? Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, The 2016 Archaeology Student Conference, 19th April 2016
  • Breeze, D. and Williams, H. The Impact of Rome on the Countryside, University of Chester. 11th -13th October 2013.
  • Oosthuizen, S. & Williams, H. Death and Memory in the Historic Landscape, McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, 19th May 2012.

Loadsa Conference Sessions Organised/Co-organised

  • Williams, H. 2017. Dykes through Time: Rethinking Early Medieval Linear Earthworks, TAG: Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, Cardiff University 18–20th December 2017.
  • Izquierdo Zamora, A., Murrieta-Flores, P. and Williams, H. 2015. Mobility, Monumentality and Memory in Past Societies. TAG 2015: Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Bradford, 14th-16th December 2015,
  • Nugent, R., Weiss Krejci, E. and Williams, H. 2014. Dead Ends, Funerary Flops and Monumental Failures: Archaeologies of Mortuary Disasters, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Istanbul, 10th-14th Sept. 2014.
  • Myberg Burström, N. and Williams, H. 2014. Reuse and Re-Contextualisation in the Viking Age. Nordic TAG conference, Stockholm University, 22nd– 26th April 2014.
  • Myberg Burström, N. and Williams, H. 2013. Citations in Viking Age. European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Pilsen, 5th – 8th Sept 2013
  • Cerezo-Román, J.I., Wessman, A. & Williams, H. 2012. The Archaeology of Cremation in Europe, European Association for Archaeology Annual Conference, Helsinki, 30th August to 1st September 2012.
  • Giles, M. & Williams, H 2010. Mortuary Archaeology and Popular Culture. TAG 2010, University of Bristol, 17th-19th December 2010.
  • Gondek, M. & Williams, H. 2010. Medieval Monuments as Technologies of Remembrance. International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 12th – 15th July 2010.
  • Giles, M. & Williams, H 2010. Mortuary Archaeology and Popular Culture. Institute for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Southport, Lancashire, 14th – 16th April 2010.
  • Hingley, R. & Williams, H. 2008. Working with Barbarians, TAG 2008, University of Southampton. 17th December 2008.
  • Walls, S. & Williams, H. 2008. The Archaeology of Contemporary Commemoration. TAG 2008, University of Southampton. 16th December 2008.
  • Williams, H. 2008. The Barbarian in the History of European Archaeology, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, University of Malta, Malta, September 2008.

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Conference Papers in Multitudes

  • Williams, H. 2017. Writing and rewriting with the cathedral dead. TAG Cardiff 18th-20th December 2017.
  • Williams, H. 2017. Memory, Movement, and the Early Medieval Cross: Maen Achwyfan, Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research Group Colloquium, Bangor University 7-8th October 2017.
  • Williams, H. 2017. Public Archaeology in Fragments, Public Archaeology Twitter Conference #PATC. 28 April 2017.
  • Murrieta-Flores, P. and Williams, H. 2017. The Pillar of Eliseg & Linear Earthworks, The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory Workshop. 28 April 2017.
  • Williams, H. 2017. Rethinking the West Kirby hogback. Regia Anglorum Annual Conference, 1-2 April 2017.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Punitive postures for the early medieval deviant dead, in S. Mui Dead Body Language: Positioning, Posture, and Representation of the Corpse, TAG 2016 Southampton. 19–21st December 2016.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Weland’s Bones:  Skeletons and Stories in Early Medieval Britain. In S. Schwarz, L. O’Sullivan and S. Evelyn-Wright, Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies, TAG 2016 Southampton. 19–21st December 2016.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Watchful warriors: visualising the dead in early medieval Britain, in E. Weiss-Krejci and S. Becker, Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Visualisation Strategies for Evoking Memories of the Dead, TAG 2016 Southampton. 19–21st December 2016.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Clumsy or Illogical? The West Kirby hogback reconsidered. Irish Sea Conference, 8th-9th July 2016.
  • Williams, H. 2016.  Cyborg Smiths. Viking World: Diversity and Change University of Nottingham.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Bling and Beyond: Rethinking Treasure from Early Anglo-Saxon England, Exploring the Staffordshire Hoard, Leeds Armoury, 10th June 2016. Conference Keynote
  • Williams, H. 2016. Remembering and forgetting in Ad Gefrin, Architectures of power: ritual action, performance and the built environment. Royal Residences Network 500-800 AD, AHRC Network Workshop 8th-9th June 2016.
  • Williams, H. 2016. Clumsy and illogical? The West Kirby hogback reconsidered, CBA NW Spring Conference, Staining, Lancashire, 7th May 2016
  • Murrieta-Flores, P. and Williams, H. 2015. Contested landscapes: The Pillar of Eliseg and the spatialisation of early medieval politics and social dynamics, Mobility, Monumentality and Memory in Past Societies. TAG 2015: Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Bradford, 14th-16th December 2015.
  • Williams, H. and Izquierdo Zamora, A. 2015. Crossing Paths: Movement, Memory and the Early Medieval Cross at Maen Achwyfan, Mobility, Monumentality and Memory in Past Societies. TAG 2015: Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Bradford, 14th-16th December 2015.
  • Williams, H. 2015. Being medieval in the cathedral. Being Medieval. Society for Medieval Archaeology Conference, UCLan, Preston, 6th-7th December 2015.
  • Williams, H. 2015. Keynote Lecture: From Stonehenge to the National Memorial Arboretum: Megaliths and Martial Masculinity in the British Landscape, Mascunlinities in the British Landscape  conference, Harlaxton College, Lincs, 14th-16th May 2015.
  • Williams, H. 2015. ‘Remembering and Forgetting within Ad Gefrin’, Past in its Place Conference, Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, 17th-18th April 2015.
  • Williams, H. 2015. ‘Cyborg Smiths: Assembling Corporeal Identities’, RMMC (Runes, Monuments and Memorial Carvings: An International Research Network) Workshop, Glasgow, 13th-16th April 2015.
  • Williams, H. 2015. Keynote and Public Lecture. Boundaries before the March, Boundaries on the March: Monuments, Movement and Memory in Early Medieval Western Britain, Contest and Collaboration: Chester Conference on the March of Wales, 10th-11th April 2015, University of Chester
  • Williams, H. 2014. Incendiary memories: death, fire and cathedral monuments Theoretical Archaeology Group Annual Conference, Manchester University, 15th to 17th December 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. Digital communities of the dead: mortuary archaeology online, Theoretical Archaeology Group Annual Conference, Manchester University, 15th to 17th December 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. Introduction, in Nugent, R., Weiss Krejci, E. and Williams, H. 2014. Dead Ends, Funerary Flops and Monumental Failures: Archaeologies of Mortuary Disasters, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Istanbul, 10th-14th Sept. 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. The disruptive early medieval dead, in Nugent, R., Weiss Krejci, E. and Williams, H. 2014. Dead Ends, Funerary Flops and Monumental Failures: Archaeologies of Mortuary Disasters, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Istanbul, 10th-14th Sept. 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. The Pillar of Eliseg and the Early Christianity of North-East Wales, Society for Church Archaeology Annual Conference, Chester Cathedral, 6th-7th September 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. Keynote Lecture: The Archaeology of Weland the Smith, Subterranean in the Medieval World conference, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. 17th– 18th May 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. Citations in Stone. In session: Myberg Burström, N. and Williams, H. 2014. Reuse and Re-Contextualisation in the Viking Age. Nordic TAG conference, Stockholm University, 22nd– 26th April 2014
  • Williams, H. 2014. The Landscape Context of Eliseg’s Pillar, Easter Conference of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, Llangollen, 13th April 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2014. The Pillar of Eliseg’s Topography of Memory. Early Medieval Wales Archaeology Research  Group (EMWARG) Conference,  University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, 22nd – 23rd March 2014.
  • Williams, H. 2013. Citations in Stone. Theoretical Archaeology Group annual conference, Bournemouth University, 16th Dec 2013.
  • Williams, H. 2013. Commemorating Thatcher’s War: Archaeologies of Margaret Thatcher, Theoretical Archaeology Group annual conference, Bournemouth University, 17th Dec 2013.
  • Williams, H. 2013. Death and Transition. Winchester Seminars on Comparative Medieval Cultures, University of Winchester. 28th Nov 2013.
  • Williams, H. 2013. The Outstanding Biography of Eliseg. European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Pilsen, 5th – 8th Sept 2013
  • Williams, H. 2013. Citations in Stone, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Pilsen, 5th – 8th Sept 2013
  • Williams, H. 2013. Keynote: Captivating and Captive Audiences, International Runes Network Conference, Chester.
  • Wessman, A. & Williams, H. 2012. Building for the cremated dead. Cremation in European Archaeology (organised by Jessica Cerezo-Román, Anna Wessman and Howard Williams, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Helsinki, 30th August 2012.
  • Williams, H. 2012. Scales, skeumorphs and the making of solid spaces. Translating the Materials of Memory in Commemorative Monuments in the Middle Ages. The Materials of Memory: Commemorative Monuments and Memorial Spaces in the Middle Ages (organised by Alekandra McClain). International Medieval Congress, Leeds. 9th-12th July 2012.
  • Williams, H. & Simpson, F. 2012. Community Archaeology will save the Middle Ages from Extinction, Rethinking Medieval Methodologies: 21st Century Approaches to Understanding the Middle Ages. Nottingham Institute for Medieval Research 4th Annual Postgraduate Conference, 7th July 2012, University of Nottingham.
  • Williams, H. 2012. Keynote Lecture: Pegs and Catalysts: Death, Memory and Material Culture in Early Medieval Europe. DialPast Conference, University, Denmark. 12th-15th June 2012, Aarhus.
  • Williams, H. 2012. Death and the Antiquarian’s Landscape, Death and Memory in the Historic Landscape, McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, 19th May 2012.
  • Williams, H. 2012. Landscapes of the Viking Dead, Death and Memory in the Historic Landscape, McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, 19th May 2012.
  • Williams, H. 2012. Ash and Antiquity in the Swedish Churchyard, Forum för kulturavsforskning, National Heritage Board, Stockholm, Sweden, 26th April 2012.
  • Williams, H. 2011. ‘Burn up or fade away? The context of cremation in Early Medieval Europe’, Amerind Foundation Seminar, 17th-19th November 2011.
  • Williams, H. 2011. ‘Burn up or fade away? The context of cremation in Early Medieval Europe’, SAA annual conference, Sacramento, CA, April 2011
  • Williams, H. 2010. The Past in the Past at the Pillar of Eliseg. Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, University of Bristol, December 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2010. ‘Remembering elites’, Internationales Sachsensymposium, Haderslev, Denmark. September 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2010. ‘Commemorative technologies and transformations in Anglo-Saxon architecture, Medieval Monuments as Technologies of Remembrance. International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 12th – 15th July 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2010. ‘Material culture and the contemporary cremated dead: An archaeological perspective on regional and local responses’. A Good Send Off: Local, Regional and National Variations in how the British Dispose of their Dead, Organised by Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath, 19th June 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2010. Performance and biography: death and memory in early medieval Britain’. Jelling Conference, Jelling, Denmark. Organised by Anne Pedersen, National Museum of Copenhagen, 18th – 20th May 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2010. ‘Cremation: Archaeology and popular culture’. Institute for Archaeologists Annual Conference, Southport, Lancashire, 14th – 16th April 2010.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Towards an affective archaeology of the NMA’, TAG, University of Durham, 17th – 19th December 2009.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘The sense of seeing and being seen’, TAG, University of Durham, 17th – 19th December 2009.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Cremation fantasies’, Cardiff Osteoarchaeology Research Group Conference. 9th-10th October 2009. Organised by Roisin McCarthy.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Discussant’ Locality and Community: Cheshire Sculpture in Context. Grosvenor Museum, 5th September 2009. Organised by Sarah Semple.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Archaeology and pedagogy in the field. 7th Annual Staff Conference, University of Chester. 22nd May 2009.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Memory, materiality and landscape in Viking period boat-graves’ Valsgärde Boat-Graves Workshop. Museum Gustavianum, University of Uppsala, Sweden. Organised by Torstein Sjövold. March 2009.
  • Williams, H. 2009. ‘Saxon Graves and the British Empire in early Victorian England’. Medieval Vocalities Conference. University of Durham, 7th March 2009. Organised by Sarah Semple.
  • Williams, H. & Williams, E.J.L. 2008. ‘The Archaeology of Contemporary Cremation in the UK and Sweden’. TAG, University of Southampton, December 2008.
  • Williams, H. 2008. ‘Barbarian Bones’, TAG, University of Southampton, December 2008.
  • Williams, H. 2008. ‘Bones and the Early Archaeologists’, What lies beneath: exploring the affective presence and emotive materiality of human bones. Bones Collective Research Workshop, University of Edinburgh, 4th-5th December 2008. Organised by Joost Fontein & John Harries.
  • Williams, H. 2008. ‘Barbarians & Civilization in the Archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Neville’, European Association for Archaeologists Annual Conference, University of Malta, Malta, September 2008.

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Public Talks and Research Seminars Presented

  • ‘Offa’s and Wat’s Dykes: Monuments, Memory and Movement’, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 12th October 2017.
  • ‘Weland’s Bones: Smiths and Myths Revisited’, University of Manchester Archaeology Research Seminar, 3rd October 2017.
  • ‘What we don’t know about the Heysham hogback’, Public Lecture, Heysham Viking Festival, 15th July 2017.
  • ‘Cremation and the Archaeology of Death’, Public Lecture and Book Launch, Denbighshire Crematorium, 11th May 2017.
  • ‘Watchful Warriors on Viking-Age Sculpture’, University College Man History & Heritage Public Lecture Series. 14th Dec 2016
  • ‘New Thoughts on the Brompton Hogbacks’, Brompton Heritage Group, Brompton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, 7th July 2016.
  • ‘Archaeologists and the Dead’. Llangollen Museum, 25th May 2016.
  • ‘Smiths, Myths and Viking Age Stones’, Isle of Man College History and Heritage Public Lecture series, 4th May 2016
  • Grosvenor Lunchtime Lecture Series, April, 2016. Three lectures on medieval tombs
    • ‘Tombs in Beowulf’, 13th April 2016
    • ‘Tombs of Terror’, 20th April 2016
    • ‘Powerful Tombs: the Medieval ‘Living’ Dead’, 27th April 2016
  • ‘Cyborg Smiths: Bone, Stone, Metal and Memory in Early Medieval Britain’, Archaeology Society, University College Dublin, Thurs 5th 2015.
  • ‘Being Medieval in the Cathedral’, Archaeology Society, University of Worcester, 27th Oct 2015
  • ‘Rethinking the West Kirby hogback’, Merseyside Archaeological Society, Thurs. 15th Jan 2015.
  • The Archaeology of Weland the Smith, University of Bradford, Tuesday 11th 2014.
  • ‘The Pillar of Eliseg and Other Stories’, Exploring the Borderlands: Current Archaeology in the Marches. Clwyd-Powys Archaeology Trust Day School, 25th October 2014.
  • Speaking with the Dead Exhibition: 21st-26th October 2014, Chester Cathedral.
  • ‘Project Eliseg’ Flintshire U3A, Mold, 22nd Sept, 2014.
  • ‘Valorising Viking Valhalla’, the 2014 Sue Margeson Annual Lecture, Norwich and Norfolk Archaeological Society, 1st March 2014.
  • ‘Viking Death’ Flintshire U3A, Mold, 27th January, 2014.
  • ‘Project Eliseg 2010-2012: Investigating the Origins of Powys.’ Holt Local History Society, 23rd Jan 2014
  • ‘Boats and Mortuary Movement: Winchester Seminars on Comparative Material Cultures, 28th November 2013
  • Stone Sentinels in the Early Medieval Landscape, John Levitt Memorial Lecture, Keele University, 23rd 2013
  • Project Eliseg, Corwen Archaeology Group, 17th October 2013
  • Grosvenor Lunchtime Lecture Series, October, 2013. Three lectures on Viking burial archaeology
  • Project Eliseg, Llangollen Museum AGM, 11th 2013.
  • Project Eliseg 2010-12. Chester Archaeological Society Lecture, May 2013.
  • Keynote speaker and public lecture: ‘Captive and Captivating Audiences’ at St John’s Priory, Chester. Part of the Runes, Monuments and Memorial Carvings International Research Network Workshop, University of Chester, 8th-9th April 2013
  • Williams, H. 2013. A Rasher View of Hogback Stones, Department of Archaeology, University of York, Seminar, 3rd March 2013.
  • Project Eliseg 2010-2012: Investigating Eliseg’s Pillar. Clwyd Archaeology Dayschool organised by Fiona Gale, Denbigh, 24th February 2013.
  • Project Eliseg and Project Geordie – CPAT AGM, Welshpool, 19th October 2012.
  • Project Eliseg and Project Geordie – Wrexham Heritage Society, Borras Park School, 3rd October 2012
  • ‘Dying Awareness Week – the History and Archaeology of Dying’, Riverside Campus, University of Chester, 15th May 2012.
  • ‘The Commemorative Power of Art in Early Anglo-Saxon England’, Chester Archaeological Society, 25th April 2012.
  • ‘Crosses and Mounds: Power and Belief in the Early Medieval Landscape’, Cheshire Archaeology Day, 14th April 2012.
  • ‘Landscapes of the Viking Dead’, Bangor University, 19th October, 2011.
  • ‘Myth and Memory at the Pillar of Eliseg’, Flintshire Heritage Series, 18th October 2011
  • ‘Archaeology, Heritage and Landscape History at the University of Chester: Past, Present and Future Work on Chester and its Environs’, Day conference: Beneath Your Feet: 125 Years of Archaeological Discovery in Chester, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 6th August 2011.
  • ‘Shipping Hel: the topography and necrogeography of a Viking boat-grave cemetery’, Clifton Antiquarian Club, University of Bristol, 4th June 2011.
  • ‘Shipping Hel: the topography and necrogeography of a Viking boat-grave cemetery’, UCLAN, 17th February 2011.
  • ‘Ashes to Asses and Dust to Rust: Archaeology and Death in the 21st Century’, Professorial Inaugural Lecture, University of Chester, 3rd February 2011.
  • ‘Interpreting Early Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire’, Corinium Museum, Cirencester, 27th January 2011.
  • ‘Project Eliseg: Digging Early Medieval Stone Sculpture’ Durham Medieval Archaeologists, University of Durham, 6th December 2010.
  • ‘Vikings at Home’, Evening Lecture, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 1st December 2010.
  • ‘Opening Lecture’, Launch of the Museum Exhibition ‘Reap and Tillage: the Vikings in Cheshire’, Grosvenor Museum, Chester, 17th September 2010.
  • ‘Stokenham fieldwork 2005-2007 and ongoing research’, Stokenham History Group, Stokenham, Devon, 8th July 2010.
  • ‘Fieldtrips and Fieldwork’, Learning and Teaching Institute Staff Development Seminar, University of Chester, 16th February 2010.
  • ‘Memories in miniature: artefacts as catalysts in early medieval commemoration’, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, 26th November 2009.
  • ‘The Archaeology of 21st Century Death’, School of Welsh History, History and Archaeology, Bangor University, 15th October 2009.
  • ‘Beyond the Grave: Memory and Early Medieval Material Culture’, University of Manchester, 8th October 2009.
  • ‘The Commemoration of Conflict: the case of Exercise Tiger’, Blue Coat Public Lecture, 13th May 2009.
  • ‘Death and Landscape’. Society for Cheshire Landscape History, 24th February 2009.
  • ‘Travelling to Other Worlds’, Time Travel History Day, Burton Manor, 11th February 2009.
  • ‘The Archaeology of Death & Transportation’, Blue Coat Public Lecture, 30th April 2008.
  • ‘Death Warmed Up: Cremation in early Anglo-Saxon England’, Department of Archaeology & Osteology, University of Gotland, 21st May 2008.
  • ‘Memories in Miniature’, British Museum/UCL Medieval Seminar Series, March 2008.
  • ‘The Agency of the Dead in Early Medieval Britain’, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 1st February 2008.

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