MELTING POT: Food and Identity in the Age of the Vikings

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Archaeology

Abstract

This project will use cutting-edge bioarchaeological and materials-science techniques to undertake the first systematic and interdisciplinary study of the role of food and cooking in forging social relationships in Viking-Age Britain. Though often seen in purely nutritional terms - in both archaeology and contemporary policy making - food is central to the production of identity, particularly in contexts of migration and culture contact, and is thus an important but overlooked element in the study of the Viking Age. Understanding of this period is fundamental to the study of later and contemporary culture; it was the social, economic, political, and religious crucible of English and wider European society. We need to understand:
1. The role of material culture in cuisine. Is it possible to associate for the first time particular vessel forms with particular functions or foodstuffs?
2. The degree to which culinary practice was subject to change and innovation, was there variability in time and space, and can this be identified at individual sites?
3. The impact of migration, urbanisation and commercial expansion on local cuisines. Were the cuisines consumed in the cosmopolitan entrepôts of York and Ipswich significantly different to those experienced in contemporary rural sites?
4. The relationship between food and local politics: may distinctive cuisines be identified in politically disparate areas such as the 'Danelaw' settlement of northern and eastern England, or the southern areas of England governed by Anglo-Saxon Wessex, or the Scandinavian 'homelands' of Denmark?

Using cutting-edge scientific techniques to identify manufacturing techniques, wear analysis to characterise mode of use, and analysis of lipid residues to establish vessel contents, we will strategically record, sample, and analyse a large quantity of pottery from well-stratified sites across the British Isles and Scandinavia. Our work will be organised into four work packages. Each WP will assess variation in different traits, informed by evidence from environmental archaeology and documentary history, and supported by a successful pilot study.

Work package 1 will compare the results of residue analyses on ceramics of diverse ware and vessel form, with various characteristics of use-wear and damage. This will tell us if particular forms of vessel were being used selectively in order to store, transport, process, present, or consume particular foodstuffs, and thus what role was played by material culture in the making of cuisines (Obj 1).

Work package 2 will consider intra-site variation, through controlled comparison between sherds from multiple contexts separated in time and space. This will tell us the degree to which culinary practice was subject to change and innovation at any given site (Obj 2).

Work package 3 will compare the results of residue analyses on ceramics from sites of diverse character. This will tell us if the cuisines consumed in the cosmopolitan entrepôts of York and Ipswich were significantly different to those experienced in contemporary rural sites (Obj 3).

Work package 4 will compare the results of residue analyses on ceramics from sites in the Danelaw, southern England and southern Scandinavia. This will tell us whether distinctive cuisines can be identified in politically disparate areas (Obj 4).

Our results will be disseminated via open access journal articles, conference presentations, museum display materials, a website with blog, associated social media, and downloadable resources and events for the public and interest groups (Scouts, Girlguides and Young Archaeologists' Club). The project will benefit the scholarly study of the Viking Age, and of food studies more generally. Its application in events and resources for children and local communities will aid the effort to improve understanding of the complex expression of identity in today's world of global mobility and culture contact.

Planned Impact

Pottery is one of the most ubiquitous finds from archaeological excavations around the globe; a material culture that archaeologists and historians have long since recognised for its importance: 'In their many manifestations, pots resonate throughout human history, from the most primitive domestic meal or drink to the Last Supper; from a nomadic snack to an international banquet.' ('Neil McGregor. BBC Radio 4/British Museum 'The World in 100 Objects'). Yet, unless spectacular, these pots rarely sit centre-stage in museum exhibits; the poor relations of precious metals and accoutrements of war.

This project will focus on providing benefit to museums and their younger visitors, to demonstrate how the arts and humanities can provide a human dimension for science, and bring alive artefacts sometimes seen only as a "bloodless collection[s] of bowls" (The Guardian. 4.3.2014 in its review of the British Museum's Vikings: Life and Legend). By engaging children and wider audiences in interesting, fun and creative ways, the project aims to demonstrate the connections that exist between food and identity, and show how the humble pot can illustrate the way in which people and places can be shaped by the food they consume. In particular, as Vikings are part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, we will focus our engagement with young people in the 7-11 age group, where our interactions will enhance and complement what they learn at school.

Two museums have been identified: The Jorvik Viking Centre (York) and The Collection (Lincoln), both of which are within the research network of the Department of Archaeology at York. Jorvik has a specific focus on the Vikings, whilst The Collection has an excellent archive built up from excavations in the town and it surroundings, though its Viking displays could be enhanced through this project. In archaeological circles, Lincoln is well known as a Scandinavian town, though this heritage is less familiar to the public, and it rarely features in popular narratives of the Viking Age. The two museums thus offer different challenges and potentials for impact. Both are popular family destinations.

Young beneficiaries will also include the Scout and Girlguiding movements, where there is the opportunity to take engagement activities into different settings, and in particular engage through outdoor activities. Additionally, we will engage with the Young Archaeologists' Club (with whom the Department of Archaeology has a close working relationship). As the members already have an interest in archaeology, we will particularly focus on enhancing their understanding of how using a combination of different methods can help with archaeological interpretation.

The wider public will also be encouraged to interact with the project through online resources.

These groups will benefit through:
-An increased understanding of the archaeological connections between food and identity (and how this resonates today).
-Increased understanding of how different research areas interact to lead to these understandings.
-Enhanced museum exhibits (potentially leading to more visitors).
-Museum staff being better trained to communicate the latest archaeological thinking and scientific techniques.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title 3D Scan- pilot study 
Description 3D scan of a Viking-Age pottery sherd, to demonstrate patterning in external sooting and internal carbonisation. For use on project website/blog. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Trained international students in new skillss: artefact photography and 3D rendering. 
URL https://skfb.ly/REJD
 
Title Melting Pot Exhibition, Lincoln 
Description Exhibiton of pottery, environmental remains, information boards and video in lobby of Lincoln's 'The Collection'. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Increased publicity for the project and for education resources. 
URL https://www.meltingpot.site/single-post/2019/07/03/Melting-Pot-Exhibitions
 
Title YorDIG: Melting Pot Exhibition 
Description This was an exhibition put together for children and adults of all ages, at the DIG archaeological centre in York. We worked with the York Archaeological Trust and A-level students from York College to put on an interactive exhibition on Viking-Age food and pottery, with a particular focus on archaeological science. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibit was situated in DIG, which was visited by approximately 37 650 people over a 10-month period (31 January 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019). Our digital feedback survey was filled out by 349 respondents, who reported 85% enjoyment. 79% said that they had learned something new, and 68% reported a change in their understanding of vikings. 74% said they'd like to find out more about vikings, archaeology, or archaeological science. 
URL https://digyork.com/event/yourdig-melting-pot/
 
Description Viking-Age pottery is a vast, unexploited reservoir of information about food, health, and cooking practice.
Viking-Age pots contain complex mixtures of plant and meat-based ingredients, though some foodstuff appeared to have been excluded from cooking in ceramic pots.
Exploitation Route Our findings will have significance for our understanding of culture contact in the past, and may provide original case studies for the discussion of culture contact, migration, and identity in schools and museums. The significance of the data produced will demonstrate the potential of artefact collections (pottery) held in museum archives but rarely drawn upon.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL http://www.meltingpot.site
 
Description We have incorporated some aspects of our work into a package of resources for KS2 history teachers, made available via our website and the Historical Association. The resources have presented in a teachers' workshop at the HA's Yorkshire History Forum 2019, where they were well received. The resources are intended to plant a sustainable legacy in primary-school teaching across the curriculum, improving the awareness of teachers and children in archaeology and archaeological science, as well as the connectivity of food, identity, culture contact and human movement in all parts of the world, and through time.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Food for Thought: York Archaeological Trust / Historic England Archaeological Research Framework for the Wolds.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/get-involved/community/food-for-thought/
 
Title Melting Pot organic residue data 
Description Large collection of organic residue data from Viking-Age pottery in England and Denmark. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data will be made available on completion of the project, as per our grant application. 
 
Description 'Combs, Cooks, and Contacts: The Viking World and the Revolution in Archaeological Science'', Lecture to Sheffield Centre for Nordic Studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public exposition of approach and initial findings of Melting Pot. Audience largely school teachers, retired university staff etc; received multiple requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nordic-studies/1.319020
 
Description 'Food for Thought' at Malton Food Lovers' Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting project to public in Yorkshire's 'food capital', in association with York Archaeological Trust and Historic England's 'Wolds Research Strategy' and 'Food for Thought' project, to explore the relationship between local people, visitors, and the food heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds. 30-50 people engaged in the Wolds survey we were undertaking, discussed Viking food with re-enactors and archaeologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.yorkshire.com/view/events/malton/malton-food-lovers-festival-2018-2102025
 
Description 'Hands-on science' sessions with chemistry students from York College 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 5 pupils attended the University of York's Experimental Archaeology research Centre, to undertake experimental cooking in Viking-Age pots, over an outdoor fire We showed them around the facility, and introduced them to BioArCH, our leading-edge biomolecular archaeology facility. They ten undertook cooking experiments, cooking a variety of food stuffs in different forms of vessel, recording temperatures and illustrating use-alteration on ceramics. We took samples for lipid analysis, and the results were introduced by the PI, and interpreted by the students at a return visit for a teaching session at York College several weeks later. All the materials were then drawn together by the students with the research team and collaborators from York Archaeological Trust, to produce an interactive exhibition at DIG York.

The process sparked significant interest, and both students and teachers reported a change in attitude to, and understanding of, archaeology, and the role that science plays in understanding our past. We received significant local press attention, and the exhibition reached an international audience a sit was timed to coincide with the Jorvik Viking Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/newsblog/2019/5/29/1jascogjsbyyclwn9cvtbofavlgfcy
 
Description 'Hearthside Stories'. Friends of York Archaeological Trust: Christmas Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited public lunchtime lecture, to Friends society and members of the wider public. Very successful talk followed by questions and hands-on engagement with pots. Invited back for follow-up lecture at end of project. Interested enquiries from members of the commercial archaeology sector, regarding application of our techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/get-involved/friends-of-yat/
 
Description Ashby, S.P. 2018. Into the Melting Pot: culinary identities in Viking Age England Northern Archaeology Today 12: 7-11. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Popular article on the Melting Pot project for Northern Archaeology Today: the magazine for the Friends of York Archaeological Trust.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/get-involved/friends-of-yat/
 
Description Chaired session at York Festival of Ideas, on Anglo-Saxon Bread 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact c.50 members of the public attended this interdisciplinary lecture from anotehr project studying early-medieval food, and engaged in close discussion afterwards. Several audience members approached me afterward to ask about the project; I was able to distribute publicity materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2017/talks/anglo-saxon-bread/
 
Description Dance/drama workshop themed around the vikings, with reference to food issues. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Project with local dance workshop currently in planning stage, intended to reach wide range of schools and other audiences, with a view to communicating messages, and engaging students in discussions about cultural diversity..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Day of Archaeology Blog 2016: Cooking with Vikings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The 'Day of Archaeology' project aims to provide a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world. The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us each year by recording their day and sharing it through text, images or video on this website (see http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/about-the-project/). I wrote a blog about my activities on Melting Pot, and introduced the project. The aim was to provide publicity for the website and blog (meltingpot.site), with a view to future events and the development of online resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/cooking-with-vikings/
 
Description Discussion session: International Medieval Congress, Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Discussion session at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds: one of the two largest global conferences for medieval studies, particularly important for reaching audiences beyond archaeology. Speakers included Anita Radini (Melkting Pot project team), Gareth Perry (from our steering panel), and Kris Poole (external). The session was introduced by me, and chaired by Ol Craig (project team). 30-50 delegates in audience, including PhD students, ECRs, established scholars, and members of the public. There was lively discussion afterwards, with very positive feedback ('the most enjoyable and eye-opening session at the congress') from the international audience. Very important event for the international introduction of the project, with a view to attending later in the project, in order to report results. The congress theme this year was 'food', so there was also lots of opportunity to discuss and promote the project more informally outside the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.meltingpot.site/single-post/2016/07/06/Melting-Pot-at-IMC-2016
 
Description Driffield Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Stand at the Driffield Show (largest one-day agricultural show in Yorkshire) with York Archaeological Trust, to talk to the public about the heritage (and particularly food heritage) of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Exploring the Viking-Age Melting Pot: Food and Identity in Scandinavian England (seminar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A lecture followed by discussion to c.20 students and staff from the Centre for Scandinavian Studies and Dept of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen. We had an extensive discussion in which I opened the floor to ideas for the project from literary, linguistic, and folklore perspectives. c.10 attendees reported that they had enjoyed the talk or learned something new. Publicity materials (bookmarks) were distributed to all attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/AberdeenVikings/status/837359291053015042
 
Description Food Workshop: Beverley Food Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting project to public at award-winning regional food festival, in association with York Archaeological Trust and Historic England's 'Wolds Research Strategy' and 'Food for Thought' project, to explore the relationship between local people, visitors, and the food heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds. 50+ people engaged in the Wolds survey we were undertaking, and c.20 requested further information about the Melting Pot project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/get-involved/community/food-for-thought/
 
Description Food and Identity in the Age of the Vikings. Lecture at University of Glasgow 'Material Culture' Lecture Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Evening lecture to University of Glasgow, dept of archaeology, on Melting Pot project. Large audience (c.60) of students and staff, all with useful feedback and questions, allowed me to bring this largely English-based research to a Scottish academic audience, and to discuss its implications. Multiple suggestions for new directions in the project, potential collaborations, increased twitter following, and enquiries about future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://glasgow.carpe-diem.events/calendar/8624064-steve-ashby-seminar-at-university-of-glasgow-arch...
 
Description High Definition Hearthside Stories - lecture to workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to Urbnet workshop: 'High-Definition Narratives', demonstrating value of my integrated, interdisciplinary and scientific methodology to the study of urban assemblages. Presenting in a workshop of natural science specialists, so good way of promoting project, results, and methods to an academic audience beyond my immediate field. Significant interest in application of approach to new archaeological sites (including ongoing and transformative excavations at Ribe: https://projects.au.dk/northernemporium/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.e-pages.dk/aarhusuniversitet/1793/html5/
 
Description JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL: Meet the Experts: Food and Identity in the Age of Vikings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We organised a 'Meet the Experts' drop-in session in Barley Hall, a historic building in the centre of York. 117 members of the public (adults and children) came along to discuss our project and related aspects of Viking-Age archaeology and archaeological science, and to try out activities that involved looking at micro-and macro-remains of plants, animal bones, and food stuffs, handling reproduction Viking-Age pottery, and comparing modern and ancient plant remains. We talked at length about the project, the techniques involved, the importance of interdisciplinarity, and the impact the science and the humanities can have on understanding how to live in the contemporary world. Average time spent at the stall was c.20 minutes, though some members of the public stayed for over an hour. Comments were left on a 'Thoughts Wall', and on postcards dropped into a Viking pot. This feedback demonstrated that young children, teenagers, and adults all learned something important about the Viking Age, food, culture contact, and about how archaeology works. A number of contacts were made for future talks and workshops, and we distributed a large number of leaflets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/event/meet-the-experts-food-and-identity-in-the-age-of-the-...
 
Description Keynote Lecture: Nottingham University Postgraduate Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote lecture at the annual conference for PhD students at Nottingham University Archaeology Department. c. 20 PhD students present, c.10 presented on interdisciplinary research in archaeology, and I provided the keynote lecture, introducing Melting Pot. There was lively discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote: Nordic Research Network Conference (Glasgow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote lecture at the Nordic Research Network. 20-50 PhD students and ECRs presented on interdisciplinary research in VIking and Scandinavian studies, and I provided the keynote lecture, introducing Melting Pot. There was lively discussion afterwards, and I have maintained contact with some members of the group; others now follow me and the Melting Pot project on Twitter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nordicresearchnetwork.co.uk/nrn-2016-glasgow.html
 
Description Lecture at the Viking Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture entitled 'Into the Meklting Pot: Culinary Identities in Viking-Age England' for a specialist international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/news-and-events/news/external/news-2017/18th-viking-congress/
 
Description Meet the Experts: Everyday Life in Viking-Age Britain (day workshop at Jorvik Viking Festival 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 150 members of the public, including large numbers of children, visited to find out about food, cooking, and everyday life in the Viking Age, and to learn how we write such narrative using artefactual remains and archaeological science. Many left contact details for further information, and took leaflets publicising the project and future exhibitions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://barleyhall.co.uk/event/meet-the-experts-everyday-objects-in-viking-britain/
 
Description Melting Pot twitter site. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I set up a Twitter account for the project, in order to access international audiences interested in food history. It has over 200 followers, with individual tweets reaching >1000 impressions. I regularly retweet news through my own Twitter account (@grungeviking; over 1300 followers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://twitter.com/foodAD1000
 
Description Melting Pot website and blog. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I built a website for the project - www.meltingpot.site, with an associated blog to announce events, discuss project news, recent activities etc. Over the project this will be populated with digital content such as 3D scans of pottery, data summaries, and learning resources for children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.meltingpot.site
 
Description Newcastle University Archaeology Society: Christmas Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture to the students and staff of Newcastle University Archaeology Society. Lecture followed by extensive discussion and follow-up email conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1839214996325757/
 
Description Page content for AHRC webpage: From Loki to Lipids 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Webpage intended to demonstrate cross-disciplinary nature of project, and encourage interdisciplinary working in future grants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/from-loki-to-lipids-using-modern-biology-to-...
 
Description Page content for BBSRC website: 'From Loki to lipids: using modern biology to discover viking culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Webpage intended to demonstrate cross-disciplinary nature of project, and encourage interdisciplinary working in future grants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2017/171014-f-using-modern-biology-to-discover-v...
 
Description Podcast Interview, US producer. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast on viking-age archaeology, focusing on my work: Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st-Century Archaeology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.mixcloud.com/indianajonesmythrealityand21st/haircombs-and-vikings-the-archaeology-of-eve...
 
Description Presentation on high-definition hearthside stories: building narrative out of the intensive analysis of ceramics, at 'Highdefinition narratives ' workshop at Centre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop intended to develop high-resolution, leading edge approaches from across archaeology and the natural sciences, to enable the development of novwl theoretical models for application in ongoing Danish archaeological projects, and to promote wider adoption. Audience made up of professional archaeologists and archaeological scientists, and postgraduate students, as well as academics. Significant interest in our approach to contextualised scientific analysis of ceramics, and lots of connections made for future work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://urbnet.au.dk/events/2017/hd-narratives/
 
Description Public Lecture to open exhibition at VALHALLA! Wild Women, Strong Ale and the Walking Dead, Inverness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture : Into the Melting Pot: Food and Identity in the Viking Age, followed by open discussion. Lots of interest in the project, leadingh to follow-up enquiries aboput future publications and outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.highlifehighland.com/inverness-museum-and-art-gallery/valhalla-conference/
 
Description Public workshop: 'Meet the Experts', Jorvik Viking Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact c.70 members of the public came to listen to talks, ask questions and explore pottery, environmental remains, and scientific techniques relating to the archaeology of Viking-Age food in the foyer area around our Melting Pot Exhibition at DIG, sparking questions and leading to leaflets and information being taken away, and increasing interest in our online KS2 teaching resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public-facing page content for AHRC website: 'Festive Food' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Introduction to the project, biographical detail, and light-heated story about viking food at 'Yule'. Increased visibility of project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/festive-food-a-viking-feast-for-yuletide/
 
Description Summer Lecture, UCL-British Museum Medieval Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Evening lecture to University College London/ British Museum on Melting Pot project. Large audience (c.50) of students, academics and museum professionals - local and from around the UK - all with valuable feedback and questions. This provides many helpful suggestions for new directions in the project, potential collaborations, increased twitter following, and enquiries about future collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/events/2019/may/melting-pot-new-research-material-culture-food-vik...
 
Description Viking Pie, twitter content for AHRC, 'British Pie Week 2017' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Viking Recipe to capitalise on 'British Pie Week' 2017, for AHRC twitter feed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to York Montesorri Nursery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Discussion and handling session with c. 30 pre-school children about vikings and what they ate, and to learn how archaeology works. Few had met an archaeologist before, and all reported learning something new about vikings. Discussions with teachers and parents about the project and future events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/yorksmontessori/posts
 
Description Workshop for Young Archaeologists' Club, York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop for local Young Archaeologists' Club. with lots of hands-on activities and question-and-answer session. feedback gathered demonstrated challenges had been made to views of vikings, what we use artefacts for, health in the past, and the cultural content of food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017