Viking burials explored in a series of lectures.

Posted on 17th September 2013

What did it really mean to ‘die like a Viking’? The latest ideas and debates regarding the interpretation of death and burial in the Viking world will be explored in a series of lunchtime lectures hosted by the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester.

I have been digging and researching Viking-age graves in Scandinavia and exploring Viking-age tombs and rune-stones in both Scandinavia and Britain. This series of lectures will be an opportunity to present the latest ideas and my views on this exciting field of research.
Professor Howard Williams.

Each academic year, the Department runs an Autumn and Spring Series of lunchtime lectures on historical and archaeological topics. Delivered by Professor Howard Williams, an expert on the archaeology of death, burial and commemoration, Vikings, Death and Memory is a series of three lectures presented between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 9th, 16th and 23rd October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

The first lecture, Death and Vikings, on Wednesday, October 9, will explore new discoveries and new thinking about the character and variation in the treatment of the dead in the Viking homelands of Scandinavia and their colonies in the British Isles.

The following two lectures will explore how the Viking way of death changed with western European influence and Christian conversion.

On Wednesday, October 16, Tombs of Vikings? Hogback Tombs Revisited looks at stone monuments raised to commemorate the Christian descendants of Viking settlers.

On Wednesday, October 23, Christian Vikings: Rune-stones as Material Culture explores the role of rune-stones in honouring the living and the dead in late Viking-age Scandinavia.

Admission costs just £3 per lecture, or £6 payment may be made in advance for the full series.

For more information contact the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester by emailing:, or calling 01244 512160.