I’m pleased and proud to announce that the select proceedings of the 3rd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference has just been published! The book foregrounds new voices and fresh perspectives on the intersections of early medieval archaeology and contemporary society. The book it titled: Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies. 

I think I’m confident in stating it is the first-ever public archaeology book dedicated to the investigation of the Early Middle Ages (c. AD 400-1100). Published with Archaeopress in their Access Archaeology series, the book can be bought online or downloaded as a pdf free of charge.

Previous posts have discussed:

  1. the logo;
  2. the conference itself;
  3. the call for papers which was open to all;
  4. the finalised contents;

Inevitably there are gaps in the coverage, but the mixture of longer chapters, short essays and interviews, supporting by a rich visual range of images, make this is distinctive collection which I hope will provide a valuable platform for future research. The fact that it is relatively cheap to buy (given its length and colour content) and free to download online, mean that hopefully it will be widely used.

I want to thank Archaeopress, my colleagues at Chester, my co-editor Pauline, all the contributors including former students, and the expert peer-reviewers who have worked hard to make this a success.