The Terracotta Warriors – Artefacts in Context?

The Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an China, known popularly for its Terracotta Warriors, is an archaeological marvel. But what does the site actually consist of, how has the museum managed to display a set of artefacts on such a colossal, breath-taking scale. In a new series on MuseumCraft, we take a look at Qinshihuang's … Continue reading The Terracotta Warriors – Artefacts in Context?

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Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

This week, I want to take a quick look at Herman Contractus (elsewhere Hermann of Reichenau). An eleventh-century German Benedictine monk, Herman is the subject of Berthold of Reichenau’s Chronicle, the author of his own chronicle, and an impressive portfolio of music. Despite his contributions, Herman is most remarkable for his Medieval Latin nickname contractus. … Continue reading Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

Icelandic ‘Viking’ Nicknames – My First Conference Paper

This year I was fortunate enough to give a presentation at The Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, a wonderful conference for graduate students to share their early research across literature, history and archaeology. Sadly, with Covid, this took place in the slightly dingy confines of my room rather than Reykjavik, but it … Continue reading Icelandic ‘Viking’ Nicknames – My First Conference Paper

The Prittlewell Prince

Introduction Archaeology is about much more than treasure-hunting but, inevitably, popular attention tends to be drawn towards rich and magnificent finds. Within an early medieval context, the 'Princely' burials of the Mid Saxon period are particularly notable in this context. The Sutton Hoo Mound 1 ship-burial is deservedly famous and the most impressive example, but … Continue reading The Prittlewell Prince

The Viking World – Artefact Database

The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm hosts the world's largest collection of Viking artefacts, which tell an impressive story of life, religion, and death in Viking-era Scandinavia. This has recently been digitized into an impressive free online collection that can be browsed on their website here. Each item is provided with an impressive amount of … Continue reading The Viking World – Artefact Database

Westfield Farm – a High-status ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Female Burial

We hear an awful lot about the large-scale male 'Princely' burial of the early seventh century. Sutton Hoo, Snape, and Prittlewell dominate the narrative on richly furnished burials. Now, don't get me wrong, these are some incredibly archaeologically significant sites, and have important things to say about power and status. But by focusing in on … Continue reading Westfield Farm – a High-status ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Female Burial