Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain

Lead Research Organisation: University of Reading
Department Name: Archaeology

Abstract

This project focuses on material culture in graves (and other formal mortuary contexts) in Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain, c. 4000 BC to AD 43. Many of prehistoric Britain's most impressive artefacts have come from graves - from the polished beaver incisors at Duggleby Howe, to Bush Barrow's rich collection of gold plaques and pins, imported bronze daggers, fossil stone macehead and carved bone shaft-decorations, to the coral-encrusted chariot-gear of Wetwang Village. For large parts of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages in Britain, a focus on burial is a necessity, as settlements can be difficult to identify archaeologically, ensuring that mortuary evidence is often the best and sometimes only information available. It is also the period when burials became a key arena through which communities negotiated socio-political change. An understanding of how the lives of people and objects were intertwined will help us to investigate the dynamic role of materials and technologies that shaped prehistoric life and death.

At present, British prehistorians have only an approximate idea of how grave goods changed through time: during the Neolithic burials were only rarely associated with material culture; the Early Bronze Age saw a dramatic rise in the quantity and significance of grave goods; the Iron Age witnessed the introduction of new and more varied classes of objects, but also significant blank spots where burial is invisible archaeologically. The Grave Goods project aims to shift our understanding of this broad-brush sequence from one that is impressionistic to one based on a solid, empirical understanding of the record. The project also seeks to evaluate and understand more fully the character and role of 'everyday' grave goods, in addition to the spectacular objects that so often capture archaeological attention. We will do this by constructing a database of all material culture found in formal mortuary contexts during the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age within six key case study regions across England, Scotland and Wales (see Case for Support for details). Once mapped and analysed using a GIS, this information will enable a new level of understanding of burial practice, and the ebbs and flows of material culture change, over that period. Building on the large-scale picture that the database provides, we will move on to investigate specific sub-regions, sites and graves as case studies. We will bring to this material a sophisticated new theoretical and methodological approach, pioneering a gold standard of funerary interpretation. The culmination of our research will be an authoritative and detailed book about objects and death in later prehistoric Britain, as well as academic papers and two conferences.

The Grave Goods database will be an invaluable, rich resource for others to use, in future academic research projects but also in the commercial heritage sector. Our research will have an impact on planning decisions, regional policy documents and museum practice. We will disseminate our findings to the wider public for years to come by using our research to inform a major re-design of the British later prehistory gallery displays at the British Museum (launched with a public conference) and talks in regional museums across Britain. We will also produce six schools' information packs on prehistoric burial. In addition, a mini-project will involve internationally renowned children's poet Michael Rosen who will produce three poems inspired by prehistoric burial and grave goods to capture the imagination of both adults and children. Via these outreach pathways, we also hope to begin to breach the British public's contemporary cultural silence on mortality, by reflecting on past humanity's ways of coping with death.

Ultimately, the Grave Goods project will revolutionise archaeological and public understandings of the role that material culture played in life and death in later prehistoric Britain.

Planned Impact

We expect a wide range of people to benefit from the project's findings:

1. Visitors to the British Museum
Visitors to the British Museum (BM) will benefit - for years to come - from a permanent re-design of the British later prehistory gallery displays. Given that the majority (approximately 50%) of the objects currently exhibited within the relevant galleries are grave goods, our project will be able to make a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the public interpretation of this internationally important collection. A public conference at the BM timed to coincide with the opening of the new displays, aimed at a popular audience and free to all, will ensure that those interested in prehistoric (and contemporary) death and burial can find out more in an academic yet accessible context.

2. Museum professionals (and visitors elsewhere)
One of the main outcomes of the project will be a deeper understanding of the material culture associated with burial across Britain. In many cases, this will provide museum professionals with substantial new information, enabling them to contextualise more fully many of the artefacts within their collections, thus enhancing existing and future displays. In making our information packs available via local museums, we will provide museum professionals with an additional resource to use in outreach activities. In addition to the London-based events described above, the project team will give talks at museums across Britain within our six case study areas. These will be regionally focused in their subject matter, ensuring that the national significance of each region's archaeology is highlighted.

3. Teachers and school children
Prehistoric archaeology has recently become part of the National Curriculum in England (DfE 2014) and forms an important element of primary teaching in Scotland and Wales. The provision to schools of engaging information about the prehistoric past is currently extremely limited, and is thus be seen by heritage agencies as a 'critical priority' (English Heritage 2010); the issue is also currently under review by the Prehistoric Society. In creating six information packs, focusing on a prominent kind of burial in our case study regions, we will provide a valuable new resource for teachers. Each pack will include artistic visualisations of three key prehistoric burials, created by the archaeological artist Aaron Watson. A poetry project - inspired by prehistoric burial and grave goods - targeted at children will also be included, featuring three new poems by Michael Rosen, the internationally renowned children's poet. These will both bring the past to life and ensure wide relevance right across the school curriculum.

4. National/local government agencies and the commercial sector
In providing a new accessible resource, delivering high quality evidence about mortuary traditions in six key regions across Britain, our research will benefit archaeologists working in government and the commercial sector. The synthesised information made available in our database will have potential to inform practice at a regional level, and to guide future policy documents and research strategies locally and nationally. We will design our database in collaboration with the HERs in our case study regions so that we are able to feed enhanced information directly back to them. Finds-related data are currently very variably recorded within HERs; this project will change this in one key area of especial interest.

5. The general public interested in prehistoric Britain
In addition to the public events set out above, the project website will make our research widely available to all. It will be written in accessible language and targeted primarily at a non-academic audience, featuring an interactive Google Map which allows people to find out about burials anywhere in our case study areas. We will publicise the project's events and key findings in local and national media.

Publications

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Title Grave Goods poems (Michael Rosen) 
Description Grave Goods poems on Michael Rosen's YouTube channel 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact 21,000 views total 
URL https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkt1aZj6mw2VMi3tvmR4CF0C7r7t3I2rE
 
Description Boundary objects: using grave goods to link communities in the present (as well as the past)
Amount £79,648 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/T012145/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 04/2021
 
Description 'Invited lecture: Instrumentum International Meetings - Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period - finds in context conference (Duncan Garrow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Invited lecture: Instrumentum International Meetings - Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period - finds in context conference (Duncan Garrow). Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.romanfindsgroup.org.uk/events/37/Hoarding+and+deposition+in+Europe+from+later+prehistory...
 
Description 'Michael Rosen poem launch public event at the British Museum - voices of the dead through poetry 
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 'Michael Rosen poem launch public event at the British Museum - 'voices of the dead through poetry'. Poetry reading in Enlightenment Gallery and guided Grave Goods Trail tour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=5658&title=Michael%...
 
Description Article in SALC Arts Research, Univ. of Manchester (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article in SALC Arts Research, Univ. of Manchester - Article on Michael Rosen's involvement in the Grave Goods project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://issuu.com/martinharriscentre/docs/3393_salc_arts_research_issue_11_se
 
Description Conference paper at European Association of Archaeologists conference, Bern, Switzerland - Wrought, worn, wrapped: the biography of Iron Age brooches from Pocklington, East Yorkshire (Mel Giles + Sophia Adams) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper at European Association of Archaeologists conference, Bern, Switzerland - Wrought, worn, wrapped: the biography of Iron Age brooches from Pocklington, East Yorkshire (Mel Giles + Sophia Adams). Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2019/Programme/EAA2019/Programme.aspx?hkey=48f0a584-1ae8-4680-bcef-572c6fe8...
 
Description Exhibition: 'Horse-Power' at Malton Museum, North Yorkshire - Contribution of text towards permanent and temporary galleries on burials, grave goods and human-animal relations (Mel Giles) 
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 Exhibition: 'Horse-Power' at Malton Museum, North Yorkshire - Contribution of text towards permanent and temporary galleries on burials, grave goods and human-animal relations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.maltonmuseum.co.uk/
 
Description Exhibition: Novium Museum, Chichester - 'Mystery Warrior' (25 Jan-26 Sept 2020) - Research collaboration, authoring of exhibition text and participation in public launch (Mel Giles) 
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 Exhibition: Novium Museum, Chichester - 'Mystery Warrior' (25 Jan-26 Sept 2020) - Research collaboration, authoring of exhibition text and participation in public launch (Mel Giles)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thenovium.org/mysterywarrior
 
Description Friday 2 December 2016 - talk at British Sociological Association Social Aspects of Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Annual Symposium: Mediating death in the museum - the Continuing Bonds and Grave Goods Projects (Karina Croucher and Melanie Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.588545!/file/DDB-2016-CFP.pdf
 
Description Historic England Heritage Information Access Strategy advisory panel meeting (Anwen Cooper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Historic England Heritage Information Access Strategy advisory panel - talked about project's goals and strategy, audience reported changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited PG Workshop - Colloquia Archaelogie Funeraraire - Performance: Morte e Corpo, Brazil (Mel Giles) 
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 Invited PG Workshop - Colloquia Archaelogie Funeraraire - Performance: Morte e Corpo, Brazil: Analysing and Interpreting Grave Goods
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://coloquioarqfuneraria.com.br
 
Description Invited keynote lecture: Colloquia Archaelogie Funeraraire - Performance: Morte e Corpo, Brazil (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote lecture: Colloquia Archaelogie Funeraraire - Performance: Morte e Corpo, Brazil: Grave Goods - interpreting objects and death in later prehistoric Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://coloquioarqfuneraria.com.br
 
Description Invited keynote lecture: Later Prehistoric Finds Group Conference (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote lecture: Later Prehistoric Finds Group Conference: Grave Goods: Small Finds for the Dead
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://laterprehistoricfindsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/lpfg-matter-in-hand-programme-poster...
 
Description Invited lecture at University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Seminar Series (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture at University of Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Seminar Series: Object-ifying death. The stories grave goods tell
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/events/2018/november/baars-14112018.html
 
Description Invited lecture to conference. CBA South East, Chertsey. Theme 'Structured deposition' (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture to conference. CBA South East, Chertsey. Theme 'Structured deposition'. Graves as structured deposits? Rethinking Early Bronze Age burial practices in southern Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cbasouth-east.org/events/cbase-annual-conference/
 
Description Invited lecture: Berkshire Archaeological Society (Duncan Garrow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture: Berkshire Archaeological Society - Grave Goods. Objects and Death in later prehistoric Britain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.berksarch.co.uk/index.php/events-2/
 
Description Invited lecture: Cornwall Archaeology Society - Defining grave goods: spectrums of depositional practice in later prehistoric Britain and beyond 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture: Cornwall Archaeology Society - Defining grave goods: spectrums of depositional practice in later prehistoric Britain and beyond. Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cornisharchaeology.org.uk/events/truro-lecture-series-defining-grave-goods-spectrums-of-depo...
 
Description Invited lecture: Maidstone Museum 'festival of archaeology' - Small things, strong gestures: Understated grave goods in prehistoric burials (Anwen Cooper) 
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 lecture at Maidstone Museum 'festival of archaeology'. Public attended and reported interest and change understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/festival-of-archaeology-2/
 
Description Invited lecture: Prehistoric Society conference - Landscapes of the Dead: Exploring Neolithic monuments and mortuary practice - Neolithic grave goods and the complexities of mortuary material culture (Duncan Garrow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture: Prehistoric Society conference - Landscapes of the Dead: Exploring Neolithic monuments and mortuary practice - Neolithic grave goods and the complexities of mortuary material culture. Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/files/PS_Dayschool_2020_Booking_form.pdf
 
Description Invited lecture: Society of Antiquaries of London (Duncan Garrow & Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited lecture: Society of Antiquaries of London: Grave goods: Objects and death in later prehistoric Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2018/11/grave-goods/
 
Description Invited lecture: University of Bangor (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture: University of Bangor: Grave Matters. Objects and Death in later prehistoric Britain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bangor.ac.uk/history-philosophy-and-social-sciences/archaeology-seminars.php.en
 
Description Invited lecture: University of Oxford 'Barbarian's' lecture series (Anwen Cooper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture: University of Oxford 'Barbarian's' lecture series- Grave goods: Objects and death in later prehistoric Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/files/barbarianstermcardht19pdf
 
Description Launch of Grave Goods online teaching resource pack (Project Team) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Launch of Grave Goods online teaching resource pack - Prehistoric Burials in Britain: Schools' information pack
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/grave_ahrc_2020/schools.cfm
 
Description Launch of Grave Goods trail, British Museum (eleven 'object stories' panels across Galleries 50 and 51) 
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 Launch of Grave Goods trail, British Museum (eleven 'object stories' panels across Galleries 50 and 51) - 'Grave goods: stories for the afterlife - death, memory, meaning'. Trail with new labels across two BM rooms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishmuseum.org/visit/object-trails/death-memory-meaning
 
Description Lecture at Prehistoric Society's 'Landscapes of the Dead' conference, Society of Antiquaries, London - Raising the Ground, Building a Mound (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture at Prehistoric Society's 'Landscapes of the Dead' conference, Society of Antiquaries, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/files/PS_Dayschool_2019_Booking_form.pdf
 
Description Lecture at Prehistoric Society's 'Landscapes of the Dead' conference, Society of Antiquaries, London - The Overstory: Food Vessel burial in 'complex' cemetery-barrows and barrow-cemeteries in Northern Britain (c. 2200-1800 BC) (Neil Wilkin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture at Prehistoric Society's 'Landscapes of the Dead' conference, Society of Antiquaries, London attended by mixed audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/files/PS_Dayschool_2019_Booking_form.pdf
 
Description Lecture: Huddersfield Archaeological Society - Queens, Seers and Charioteers (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lecture: Huddersfield Archaeological Society - Queens, Seers and Charioteers (Mel Giles). Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.huddarch.org.uk/
 
Description Monday 19 December 2016 - talk at the Theoretical Archaeology Group conference, University of Southampton on ''Grave Goods' and 'Continuing Bonds': The Impact of Archaeology on Modern Perceptions of Death, Dying and Bereavement' (Karina Croucher and Melanie Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Mainly academic audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.southampton.ac.uk/tag2016/sessionsabstracts/session18.page
 
Description Observer article about Grave Goods project (Donna Ferguson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Observer article about Grave Goods project - Ancient graves give up secrets on Halloween. Published in print and online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/oct/26/halloween-ancient-graves-give-up-secrets-michael-ros...
 
Description Project Conference: Grave Matters, University of Manchester (GG team) 
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 Project Conference: Grave Matters, University of Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/grave-goods/events2/
 
Description Project conference a British Museum: 'Objects and death: on the trail of grave goods (past, present and future)' (Project Team) 
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 Project conference a British Museum: 'Objects and death: on the trail of grave goods (past, present and future)' (Project Team) attended by varied audience.Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/grave-goods/events2/
 
Description Public lecture: Novium museum, Chichester - Death and Burial in the Iron Age (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about "Death and Burial in the Iron Age"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thenovium.org/mwlecture
 
Description Public lecture: Sussex Archaeological Society - Weapons Burials - the case of North Bersted (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk on 'Weapons Burials - the case of North Bersted'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Radio discussion, Free Thinking, Radio 3 (Duncan Garrow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio discussion, Free Thinking, Radio 3 - Death Rituals (Duncan Garrow)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001419
 
Description Research Lecture: University of York - Grave Goods: objects and death in later prehistory (Duncan Garrow & Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Research Lecture: University of York - Grave Goods: objects and death in later prehistory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description School workshop, Larkrise School, Oxford (Anwen Cooper & Duncan Garrow) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact School workshop, Larkrise School, Oxford - Stone Age to Iron Age burial archaeology in Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at Assoc of Local Govt Archaeology Officers UK Historic Environment Record committee meeting, Birmingham, Tuesday 9 January 2018: HER data and the Grave Goods project: enhancing information flow (Anwen Cooper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to local government employees - engaged with project, thought about future impact potential
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.algao.org.uk/events/algao-uk-her-committee-meeting-wed-23052018-0000
 
Description Talk at Bronze Age Forum, Cork, Sunday 12 November 2017: Object-ifying Death (Anwen Cooper and Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Academic conference talk, audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ucc.ie/en/archaeology/baf2017/
 
Description Talk at Bronze Age Forum, University of Durham - Grave choices in a material world: Bronze Age burials, hoards and settlements (Anwen Cooper + Neil Wilkin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at Bronze Age Forum, University of Durham - Grave choices in a material world: Bronze Age burials, hoards and settlements (Anwen Cooper + Neil Wilkin). Attended by varied audience. Audience reported significant interest and changed understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://baf2019durham.wordpress.com/
 
Description Talk at Cardiff Theoretical Archaeology Group conference: Days of Future Pasts, Wednesday 20 December 2017: Material memories in past societies (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Academic conference talk, audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://tag2017cardiff.org/author/tag2017admin/page/3/?i=1
 
Description Talk at Celtic Art in Europe conference, University of Oxford, Friday 15 September 2017: The art of dying: The Grave Goods project (Anwen Cooper and Melanie Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Academic conference talk, audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ecaic.arch.ox.ac.uk/
 
Description Talk at European Association of Archaeologists Conference (EAAS) 2018. Barcelona Beyond the stereotype - the diversity of Beaker burials session (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at European Association of Archaeologists Conference (EAAS) 2018, Barcelona. Beyond the stereotype - the diversity of Beaker burials session: Quintessential and typical or eccentric and unorthodox? Rethinking Beaker burial practices in southern Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA2018/Programme.aspx?Program_ContentCollectionOrganizerCommon=3
 
Description Talk at HER Forum Summer meeting, Bristol (Anwen Cooper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at HER Forum Summer meeting, Bristol: "HER data and the Grave Goods project: enhancing information flow"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Hampshire Field Club Secrets of the Dead Conference, Saturday 17 November 2017: Prehistoric Grave Goods - the stories that things tell (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Local society conference talk, audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.hantsfieldclub.org.uk/sections/archaeologyconf17.html
 
Description Talk at workshop on non-burial activity at burial grounds in Europe, University of Hamburg, Friday 10 November 2017: Beyond burial: interpreting Bronze Age round barrows and English landscapes from 1500 BC-AD 1086 (Anwen Cooper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Academic conference talk, audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.fbkultur.uni-hamburg.de/vfg/pdfs/rip.pdf
 
Description Talk to Bronze Age Studies Group, Sardinia (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to Bronze Age Studies Group, Sardinia: Quintessential and typical or eccentric and unorthadox? Rethinking Beaker burial practices in southern Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to University of Highlands and Islands staff and students, Kirkwall, Orkney (Catriona Gibson) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk to University of Highlands and Islands staff and students, Kirkwall, Orkney: Object-ifying death: the stories grave goods tell.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk: Harrogate 2D Archaeological society (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to Harrogate 2D Archaeological society: Grave goods: Objects and death in later prehistoric Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk: ASDS (Assoc. for the study of Death and Society) Death, Dying and Disposal 13: Ritual, religion and magic, UCLAN (Mel Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk: ASDS (Assoc. for the study of Death and Society) Death, Dying and Disposal 13: Ritual, religion and magic, UCLAN: The role of Grave Goods in later prehistoric Britain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://encounteringcorpses.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/death-dying-and-disposal-13-ritual-religion-and...
 
Description Wednesday 22 February 2017 - talk at University of York Archaeology research seminar on The 'Grave Goods' Project (Melanie Giles) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Departmental research seminar - academic audience engaged with project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017