Archaeologist Emma Brownlee introduces her work interpreting the evidence of burials.
The Lawrence Room at Girton College displays cremation urns and grave-goods from a late Roman and early medieval cemetery in the college grounds. Ongoing discoveries of Roman and early medieval sites in the Cambridge area prompt us to reassess exactly what this transition consisted of, and how burials – the most commonly found archaeological remains from this period – can help us to reconstruct the beliefs and social organisation of the time.
Emma Brownlee is Ottilie Hancock Research Fellow and specialises in the evolution of burial rites in sixth- to eighth-century Europe. In an online conversation with Bye-Fellow, Caroline Brett she will discuss the Cambridge burials and their wider English and European context. There will be time for audience questions at the end of the talk.