Grave Concerns: Death, Landscape, and Locality in Medieval Society

Grave Concerns: Death, Landscape, and Locality in Medieval Society

13th to the 15th July 2018

FRIDAY 13 JULY

17.00 – 19.00 – Registration, Durham Cathedral Cloister

18.00 – 19.00 – Free private view of the Open Treasure exhibition at Durham Cathedral

19.00 – 20.00 – Keynote Lecture 1 – Bonnie Effros (University of Liverpool) New eyes on ancient cemeteries? Merovingian mortuary archaeology in the age of Inrap

20.00 – 21.00 – Wine Reception

SATURDAY 14 JULY

Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University Science Site

8.40 – 9.00 – Late Registration

9.00 – 9.15 – Welcome and Introduction – Sarah Semple (Durham University)

9.15 – 10.15 – Session 1: Re-thinking Cremation

Gareth Perry (University of Sheffield) – Ceramic hinterlands: establishing the ‘catchment areas’ of EarlyAnglo-Saxon cremation cemeteries

Femke Lippok (Leiden University) – The pyre and the grave: reconsidering early medieval cremation burials on the continent

10.15 – 10.45 – Coffee

10.45 – 12.15 – Session 2: Early Medieval Cemeteries: Place, Space and Context

Jean Soulat (LandArc – Craham UMR 6273) – Merovingian cemetery at Vicq, Yvelines, France: more than 40 years of research (1976–2016)

Adrián Maldonado (University of Glasgow) – Re-animating unfurnished burials: stone cists and log coffins in early medieval northern Britain

Dries Tys (Free University of Brussels) – Resilient burial landscapes versus the triumph of Christianisation: continuity and change in the burial landscape of northern Francia in the 7th-11th centuries

12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 15.15 – Session 3: Monumentality and Memory

Jure Šućur (University of Zadar) – Reusing tumuli as burial sites in Dalmatia: when and how

Juliette Mitchell (University of Aberdeen) – Landscapes of the dead: the setting of Pictish barrow cemeteries

Anouk Busset (University of Glasgow) – Carving early Christianity: stone monuments as creation of liturgical movement in the landscape?

Andrew Johnson (Manx National Heritage) – Fingerposts to faith: movement in a landscape of carved stone crosses

15.15 – 15.45 – Coffee

15.45 – 17.15 – Session 4: Medieval Life and Death

Roos van Oosten & Rachel Schats (Leiden University) – Urban graveyards in the Low Countries: burial research in comparative perspective

Mary Lewis (University of Reading) – Health, work and the adolescent in medieval England (AD 900-1550): the osteological evidence

Catriona McKenzie (University of Exeter) – Death and burial in Gaelic medieval Ireland

18.00 – 19.00 – Keynote Lecture 2

Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading) – Unleashing heterodoxy: an anthropological agenda for later medieval burial archaeology

19.00 – 20.30 – Wine Reception and Poster Session, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University Science Site

SUNDAY 15 JULY

Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University Science Site

 

9.30 – 10.30 – Session 5: Re-dating Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries

John Hines (Cardiff University) – The burial grounds at RAF Lakenheath, Eriswell, Suffolk: the chronological evidence

John Naylor (Ashmolean) & Chris Scull (UCL/Cardiff University) – The use of gold coinage in Early Anglo-Saxon burials

10.30 – 11.00 – Coffee

11.00 – 12.00 – Session 6: Burial in the Viking World

Ann Sølvia Jacobsen (Durham University), Símun V. Arge (National Museum of the Faroe Islands) & Karen Milek (Durham University) – Landscape agency, mental maps, and the siting of Viking Age burials in the North Atlantic region

Caroline Paterson & Stephen Harrison (University of Glasgow) – The pagan Norse graves of Scotland: burial, landscape and diversity

12.00 – 13.00 – Keynote Lecture 3

Duncan Sayer (University of Central Lancashire) – Title TBC

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