The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Envisioning Cremation: Art and Archaeology

The Public Archaeology of Death - Howard Williams

Aaron Watson [+-]
Monumental Heritage Consultancy
Dr Aaron Watson is an independent researcher, Creative Director at Monumental Heritage Consultancy, and an Honorary Fellow in Archaeology at Durham University.
Howard Williams [+-]
University of Chester
Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester.


Focusing on artist’s impressions of early Anglo-Saxon cremations, we reflect on the potentials and challenges of collaborations between artists and archaeologists to both convey the fiery transformation of the dead in the human past, and provide reflection on our society’s own engagement with mortality in which cremation has become a commonplace dimension. We show the potential of art to challenge pre-conceived notions and understandings of cremation past and present, positioning art as a key dimension of public mortuary archaeology.

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Watson, Aaron; Williams, Howard. Envisioning Cremation: Art and Archaeology. The Public Archaeology of Death. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 113-132 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781795934. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34668. Jan 2019

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