The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Death’s Diversity: the Case of Llangollen Museum

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Suzanne Evans [+-]
Llangollen Museum and Llandrillo College
Suzanne Evans is Archaeological Advisor to Llangollen Museum and history and archaeology lecturer at Llandrillo College. .
Howard Williams [+-]
University of Chester
Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester.


Much of the debate regarding mortuary archaeology’s public interactions has centred on the ethics and politics of displaying articulated skeletal material and fleshed bodies. In contrast, multiple, fragmented, dislocated and cenotaphic mortuary traces which populate museums across the UK have escaped sustained attention. Local and town museums, and also the distinctive narratives required in Welsh museums, have also eluded consideration. This chapter explores how smaller museums create environments in which networks are created both with other memorial places and landscapes in the vicinity, and between discrete museum displays. This chapter focuses on one case study – Llangollen Museum – to present and interrogate how a diversity of mortuary material culture combine to create a mortuary network associated with local history, heritage and landscape in this distinctive North Welsh context.

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Evans, Suzanne; Williams, Howard. Death’s Diversity: the Case of Llangollen Museum. The Public Archaeology of Death. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 37-54 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781795934. Date accessed: 24 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34663. Jan 2019

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