Archaeodeath

Archaeology, Mortality & Material Culture

About Archaeodeath

IMG_20150618_095035Welcome to the blog of archaeologist and chocolate obsessive Professor Howard Williams. The blog aims to focus on new ideas and discoveries in the world of archaeology. Posts will focus specifically on my research interests in mortuary archaeology and archaeologies of memory as well as archaeological heritage, the Middle Ages, public archaeology and contemporary archaeology. You will also find some random stuff and some ‘archaeorants’ on topics Howard thinks are pertinent to his research.

Note: some entries air preliminary findings and ideas. Please feel free to contact Howard if you would like to learn when and how they will reach publication. See his introductory blog entry for more background and the purpose of this blog.

Howard’s research explores the archaeology of death, burial and commemoration in Britain and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, focusing in particular on what have traditionally been called the Anglo-Saxon and Viking worlds. He also research mortuary practices and commemoration in later prehistory, the ancient world and modern times. Howard also occasionally research the history of archaeology and public archaeology.

Find out more about Professor Williams’s research by visiting one of the following:

7 thoughts on “About Archaeodeath

  1. Dear Professor Howard
    I’m currently writing a thesis on the link between death and Jewellery and I’m anxious to pick your brain on the symbolism and significance of of Jewellery buried with the dead historically. May I contact you directly with some questions? I promise not to take up too much of your time.

    Best regards

    Sophie

  2. Dear Professor Williams,

    I’m Emily Stanton, a first-year Master’s Student in Archaeology at Cornell University. For my MA thesis, I would like to do something on the inscribed stones of Wales. My thesis advisor, Dr. Manning, recommended I contact you to ask what unanswered questions there are about these pieces. Provisionally, I would like to tie together the threads of materiality, memory, and mythology to explore the changing meanings and roles of the stones over time. I have read your “Archaeologies of Remembrance” and “Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain” which, combined with my semester abroad at Cardiff University in 2013, inspired me to research this topic. I have purchased “Early Medieval Stone Monuments” and greatly look forward to reading it!

    Any advice your can offer on areas of research (suitable to a 30-page MA thesis!) would be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Emily Stanton

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