The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Displaying the Deviant: Sutton Hoo’s Sand People

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Madeline Walsh [+-]
University of York (MA student)
Madeline Walsh graduated with an Archaeology degree from the University of Chester in 2016 before studying for an MA Medieval Archaeology at the University of York.
Howard Williams [+-]
University of Chester
Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester.

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The interpretation of early medieval deviant burials has come to the fore in recent mortuary archaeology debates. Yet, critical discussion of how early medieval execution cemeteries are portrayed in museums and other media has received no critical attention. Using the prominent case study of Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, this chapter reveals the interpretative and ethical challenges inherent in narrating and visualising later Anglo-Saxon judicial killing in the absence of well-preserved human remains, but instead through the recording and interpretation of carefully excavated ‘sand bodies’.

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Walsh, Madeline; Williams, Howard. Displaying the Deviant: Sutton Hoo’s Sand People. The Public Archaeology of Death. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 55-72 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781795934. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34664. Date accessed: 24 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34664. Jan 2019

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