Saturday 16th February 2019 BAS Lecture: Grave Goods

 Saturday 16th February 2019 BAS Lecture:

Grave Goods: objects and death in later British prehistory

by Duncan Garrow (UoR)

This lecture will focus on the results of the Grave Goods project – a research collaboration between Duncan Garrow (University of Reading), Melanie Giles (University of Manchester) and Neil Wilkin (British Museum) – so far.

The Grave Goods 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. The project – whose full title is ‘Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain’.

Britain is internationally renowned for the high quality and exquisite crafting of its later prehistoric grave goods. Objects from burials have long been central to how archaeologists have interpreted society at that time. Interred with both inhumations and cremations, they provide some of the most durable and well-preserved insights into personal identity and the prehistoric life-course, yet they also speak of the care shown to the dead by the living, and of people’s relationships with ‘things’. Objects matter. This project seeks to transform current understandings of mortuary practice and material culture in later prehistoric Britain.

Image: Golden lunula, from about 2,000 BC found in County Wicklow, Ireland (British Museum)

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at the RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Google map reference

IMPORTANT NOTICE – PARKING AT RISC

There are important changes to parking at the rear of the RISC building.

For many years RISC has been allowed by the land owners to use the car park on evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends for free. These are the white marked spaces on the same level as but not directly behind the building. Unfortunately it has now been decided to make this a paid parking area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a parking management company has been contracted to control it. As of now the new rules will apply; they are not entirely straightforward.

Pay-by-phone charges apply for the bays numbered 3 to 16 only, marked in WHITE. There are no cash machines. Charges apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Do not park in bays 1, 2, 17 to 22 marked in RED at any time – these spaces are rented by individuals and parking in them at any time will incur a parking charge of £100