I’ve never spoken at a public history event before, so I’m excited to be participating in BBC History Magazine’s Chester weekend festival.

My history colleagues Dr Clare Hickman and Professor Tim Grady are helping to facilitate the BBC History Weekend and I’m involved in 2 ways.

On Friday 25th October, I’m doing a ‘Death and the City’ walking tour around Chester from 14.00-15.30. You can see what’s taking place on Friday, including this tour, here.

The following day, Saturday 26th October, I’m presenting on ‘Viking Warrior Women and the Public Archaeology of Death’. Details are here, although it says I’m already sold out!

This talk will extend from my presentations at TAG Deva in December 2018, and my talk at the Jorvik Viking Festival Richard Hall Symposium in February 2019, using the unprecedented popularity of recent research by colleagues on Viking warrior women as a starting point for a broader deliberation regarding how we write and envision the archaeology of death and the dead in present-day society. My abstract reads:

This talk introduces the’ public archaeology of death’ in its many guises and its many faces. I focus on recent research and public debates regarding ‘Viking warrior women’ to highlight the ethical challenges archaeologists face in digging, displaying and debating new mortuary archaeological research in the digital age.

For a summary and update on my blog-posts on this subject, follow this link.

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