On Wednesday 19th January, I presented the talk ‘Death & Fire in Early Medieval Europe: Rethinking the Cremation Sensation’ to the Icelandic Archaeological Society.

The background to this is that cremation practices in the human past have been more focus of interest since the late 1990s when I pursued my doctoral research at the University of Reading. In October 2019, I presented a keynote talk in Brussels at a conference on cremation practices in the human past. Find out more here. Subsequently, I composed an Archaeodeath YouTube video reviewing the topics I addressed. Watch it below:

Having been recently asked to speak to the Icelandic Archaeological Society via Zoom and I decided to adapt this talk and provide a new updated reflection focusing more specifically on early medieval Europe. This served to review aspects of my past research but also to flag up ongoing and upcoming dimensions of my research outputs, focusing on the interpretation of early medieval cremation practices, how they are displayed and envisioned in heritage contexts, and the recursive relationship between early medieval cremation and popular culture.

Here is the talk poster and the video below that:

This will be the last talk I give on early medieval mortuary practices until I’ve completed work on the forthcoming edited book with Femke Lippok provisionally titled ‘Cremation in the Early Middle Ages‘.