The hard copies of the brand-new edited book Digging into the Dark Ages: Early Medieval Public Archaeologies, co-edited with Pauline Clarke, have arrived and they look marvellous! Thanks once again to Pauline and to all contributors and peer-reviewers for making such a diverse and interesting publication. Thanks also to Archaeopress.

Aside from the fact it is free to download, the print copy is amazing value and quality for a 355 page book packed with colour images. You won’t get Springer, OUP, CUP, Oxbow or anyone else in academic publishing doing this kind of product without a massive publication grant!

The front cover encapsulates the range of topics addressed in the book, featuring:

  • Wulfgar the Bard’s version of the Franks Casket (top-left),
  • the ‘Gallos’ statue at Tintagel (top-right),
  • an image of the Bangor/Chester excavations at the Pillar of Eliseg in 2012 (top-left),
  • a visualisation of the Gosforth Cross from the chapter by Roger Lang and Dominic Powlesland on 3D photogrammetric recording.

Download or buy it here to learn about a host of new perspectives and strategies for public engagement with the Early Middle Ages.

Taking stock, I’m delighted to have a facilitated and lead-edited a triad of new books on public archaeology, all out in the last 15 months:

Finally, a quick update about editing the 4th and 5th conference proceedings together with students. The 4th proceedings from the University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference will be out by the end of 2020 and titled The Public Archaeology of Frontiers and BorderlandsArchaeopress have agreed to publish this collection, which will be co-edited with Kieran Gleave and Pauline Clarke.

Following the recent exceptionally successful 5th UoC Archaeology Student conference, I’m also working with Peter Reavill and students to publish an edited book scheduled for 2021 called The Public Archaeology of Treasure.