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Public Archaeology

Public Archaeology Video ScreenshotAs part of the capstone for my B.A. in Anthropology, I created a video intended to make anthropology easier accessible and understandable by the general public. My video, Anglo-Saxon Mortuary Archaeology, is the culmination of a semester long project focusing on developing my research interests and communicating them to the public. The project began by exploring my personal research interests, as well as my primary research question. From there, I began reviewing scholarly literature related to my research interests and question. I then took the information and created the video through hand-sketches, personal narration, and free music. The video was created in two parts. The first draft of the video presented potential questions to be asked regarding archaeology in the British Isles. The final video includes portions and influences from the first video, but the information from the literature review is included. In addition to the video, I also wrote a literature review as part of my project.

Project Goals: 1-Communicate archaeological research in a format that engages and informs the general public, 2-Communicate my personal research interests through a brief video based on a thorough literature review
Project Outcomes

The finished video is publicly accessible through Youtube.

I intend to continue with cartoon style videos as I continue with my research.


Bond, J. M. 1996. "Burnt Offerings: Animal Bone in Anglo-Saxon Cremations." World Archaeology 28 (1): 76-88.

Chadwick Hawkes, Sonia. 1990. "Bryan Faussett and the Faussett Collection: An Assessment." In Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: A Reappraisal, edited by E. Southworth, 1-24. Alan Sutton Publishing Inc.

Dawson, Charlotte, Duncan Ross, and Xanthe Mallett. 2011. "Sex Determination." In Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010, edited by S. Black and E. Ferguson, 61-94. Taylor & Francis.

Eckardt, Hella, and Howard Williams. 2003. "Objects without a Past? The use of Roman objects in early Anglo-Saxon graves." In Archaeologies of Remembrance: Death and Memory in Past Societies, edited by H. Williams, 141-170. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Härke, Heinrich. 2001. "Cemeteries as a Place of Power." In Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages, edited by M. de Jong and F. Theuws, 9-30. Leiden: Brill.

Lee, Christina. 2007. Feasting the Dead: Food and Drink in Anglo-Saxon Burial Rites. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.

Leigh, David. 1990. "Aspects of Early Brooch Design and Production." In Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: A Reappraisal, edited by E. Southworth, 107-124. Alan Sutton Publishing Inc.

Lucy, Sam. 2000. The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death: Burial Rites in Early England. Sutton Publishing Limited.

Meaney, Audrey. 1981. Anglo-Saxon amulets and curing stones. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Parker Pearson, Mike. 1999. The Archaeology of Death and Burial. Sutton Publishing Limited.

Purves, Stacey, Lianne Woodley, and Lucina Hackman. 2011. "Age Determination in the Adult." In Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010, edited by S. Black and E. Ferguson, 29-60. Taylor & Francis.

Rhodes, Michael. 1990. "Faussett Rediscovered: Charles Roach Smith, Joseph Mayer, and the publication of Inventorium Sepulchrale." In Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: A Reappraisal, edited by E. Southworth, 25-63. Alan Sutton Publishing Inc.

Richards, Martin, Kate Smalley, Bryan Sykes, and Robert Hedges. 1993. "Archaeology and Genetics: Analysing DNA from Skeletal Remains." World Archaeology 25 (1): 18-28.

Saunders, Shelley R. 2000. "Subadult Skeletons and Growth-Related Studies." In Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, edited by M. Katzenberg and S. Saunders, 135-162. Wiley-Liss.

Semple, Sarah. 1998. "A Fear of the Past: The Place of the Prehistoric Burial Mound in the Ideology of Middle and Later Anglo-Saxon England." World Archaeology 30 (1): 109-126.

Semple, Sarah. 2004. "Locations of Assembly in Early Anglo-Saxon England" in Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe, edited by A. Pantos and S. Semple, 135-154. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Stoodley, Nick. 2000. "From the Cradle to the Grave: Age Organization and the Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Rite." World Archaeology 31 (3): 456-472.

Thompson, Victoria. 2004. Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.

White, Roger. 1990. "Scrap or Substitute: Roman Material in Anglo-Saxon Graves." In Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: A Reappraisal, edited by E. Southworth, 125-152. Alan Sutton Publishing Inc.

Williams, Howard. 1998. "Monuments and the past in Early Anglo-Saxon England." World Archaeology 30 (1): 90-108.

Williams, Howard. 2006. Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Wood, Kayleigh, and Craig A. Cunningham. 2011. "Age Determination in the Juvenile." In Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010, edited by S. Black and E. Ferguson, 1-28. Taylor & Francis.

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