Building on the 3rd University of Chester Archaeology Student conference, I’m pleased to give my followers a sneak preview of the likely contents of the forthcoming book with Archaeopress: Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies.

Some details need to be confirmed in regards to the ordering, authorship and titles. Likewise, the front cover is currently only a provisional draft. Still, this book project which stemmed from a December 2017 student conference held at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, is nearing its final stages.

The book will include a range of pieces by former students who presented their work at the December 2017 conference, an Introduction show-casing the conference discussions, and a range of additional content by heritage professionals and academics responding to an open Call for Papers. In addition, it will include a series of interviews to complement the shorter contributions and longer chapters. The Foreword by Dr Chiara Bonacchi will set the scene, an Afterword by Professor Bonnie Effros will look to the future, and there will also be two special discussion pieces by Dr Gunnar Andersson and Professor Carenza Lewis. This endeavour has greatly facilitated by, and benefited from, co-editorship by MA Past Landscapes and Environments student Pauline Clarke. It also wouldn’t have happened without a host of anonymous referees who generously evaluated the chapters.

Hopefully, this book will be out in early 2020 at the latest.

Without further waffle, let me introduce to you what I think is the first book ever dedicated to the public archaeology of the Early Middle Ages:

 

Digging into the Dark Ages

Early Medieval Public Archaeologies

Edited by

Howard Williams and Pauline Clarke

 

Foreword

Chiara Bonacchi

 

Public Archaeology for the Dark Ages

Howard Williams with Pauline Clarke, Victoria Bounds, Sarah Bratton, Amy Dunn, James Fish, Ioan Griffiths, Megan Hall, Joseph Keelan, Matthew Kelly, David Jackson, Stephanie Matthews, Max Moran, Niamh Moreton, Robert Neeson, Victoria Nicholls, Sacha O’Connor, Jessica Penaluna, Peter Rose, Abigail Salt, Amelia Studholme and Matthew Thomas

 

 

Dark Age Debates

Engaging the Many Publics of Early Medieval Archaeology

An interview with Adrián Maldonado

 

Who Owns the (Early Medieval) Past? Competing Legitimation Rhetoric among Folkish Heathens, White Nationalists, and the Scholarly Milieu

Ethan Doyle White

 

Colouring the Dark Ages: Perceptions of Early Medieval Colour in Popular Culture

Anne E. Sassin

 

Why do Horned Helmets still Matter?

Sacha O’Connor

 

Public Archaeology of Early Medieval Assembly Places and Practices: Thingvellir

Matthew Kelly

 

Dressing for Ragnarök? Commodifying, Appropriating and Fetishising the Vikings in

Popular culture

Madeline Walsh

 

 

The Public Dark Ages

 

The Vikings of JORVIK: 40 Years of Reconstruction and Re-enactment

Chris Tuckley

 

Displaying the Dark Ages in the Museums of Liverpool and Chester

Howard Williams, Pauline Clarke and Sarah Bratton

 

Where History Meets Legend: Presenting the Early Medieval Archaeology of Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

Susan Greaney

 

Digging up the Dark Ages in Cornwall: the Tintagel Challenge and the St Piran’s Oratory Experience

Jacqueline A. Nowakowski and James Gossip

 

Death and Memory in Fragments: Project Eliseg’s Public Archaeology

Howard Williams and Suzanne Evans

 

Reading the Gosforth Cross – Enriching Learning through Film and Photogrammetry

Roger Lang and Dominic Powlesland

 

Crafting the Early Middle Ages: Creating Synergies between Re-enactors and Academics

An Interview with Adam Parsons and Stuart Strong

 

 

Dark Age Media

 

The Archaeology of Alfred the Great (1969) and The Last Kingdom (2015–)

Victoria Nicholls

 

‘It’s the End of the World as we know it…’ Reforging Ragnarök through Popular Culture

Mark A. Hall

 

The Great Heathen Hunt: Repton’s Public Early Medieval Archaeology

An interview with Catrine Jarman

 

Vikings and Virality

Matthew Thomas

 

Old Norse in the Wild West: Digital Public Engagement on YouTube

An interview with Jackson Crawford

 

The Image Hoard: Using the Past as a Palette in Dsicussing the Politics of the Present

Wulfgar the Bard

 

  

Afterword

Bonnie Effros