Professor Howard Williams

Professor of Archaeology

Qualifications

BSc (Sheffield), MA (Reading), PhD (Reading), FSA

Overview

I am an archaeologist with research interests in death, burial and commemoration.

I joined the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester in February 2008 where I continue to pursue both teaching and research focusing on the archaeology of historic periods. Details of my research can be found below, but further details can be viewed on my SelectedWorks and Academia.edu websites. You can also follow me on Twitter. Read my Archaeodeath blog here.

Teaching

I contribute to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to the Archaeology of the British Isles, 10,000 BC - 1900 AD
  • Debates in World Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Britain, AD 400 - AD 1500
  • Archaeology and Contemporary Society
  • Vikings

I contribute to the teaching of the following postgraduate modules:

  • Research Skills in Archaeology and Heritage
  • Mortuary  Archaeology
  • Archaeologies of Memory

Postgraduate Supervision

I supervise a range of postgraduate research studies exploring topics in mortuary archaeology and the archaeology of memory.

Research

My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory and the history of archaeology. I focus these interests on the study of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Early Middle Ages (c. AD 400 - 1100).

Published work

See also my Selected Works and Academia.edu pages for a list of my publications.


Books

Williams, H. 2006. Death & Memory in Early Medieval Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 268 pages (paperback reprint, 2010).


Edited Books and Journal Special Issues

Cerezo-Román, J. I., Wessman, A. and Williams, H. (eds) 2017. Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Williams, H. (ed.) 2016. Mortuary citations: Death and Memory in the Viking World: Special issue of the European Journal of Archaeology 19(3)

Williams, H and Giles, M. (eds) 2016. Archaeologists and the Dead, Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/archaeologists-and-the-dead-9780198753537?cc=gb&lang=en&

Williams, H., Kirton, J. and Gondek, M. (eds) 2015. Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.

 

Williams, H. (ed.) 2011. Archaeologists on Contemporary Death: Mortality Special Issue, 16.2

Sayer, D. & Williams, H. (eds) 2009. Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press. 306 pages.

Effros, B. & Williams, H. 2008. Early Medieval Material Culture in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Imagination. Early Medieval Europe 16(1). 126 pages

Semple, S. & Williams, H. (eds) 2007. Early Medieval Mortuary Practices: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology & History 14. Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology.  400 pages.

Edited Journals

Williams, H. (ed.) 2017. Archaeological Journal vol. 174 for 2017

Williams, H. (ed.) 2016. Archaeological Journal vol. 173 for 2016

Williams, H. (ed.) 2015. Archaeological Journal vol. 172 for 2015

Williams, H. (ed.) 2014. Archaeological Journal vol. 171 for 2014

Williams, H. (ed.) 2013. Archaeological Journal vol. 170 for 2013

Williams, H. (ed.) 2012. Archaeological Journal vol. 169 for 2012

Williams, H. (ed.) 2011. Revies, in Archaeological Journal vol. 168 for 2011

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (since 2008)

Murrieta-Flores, P. and Williams, H. 2017. Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: Movement, Visibility and Memory in the Early Medieval Landscape, Medieval Archaeology 61(1). DOI: 10.1080/00766097.2017.1295926

Williams, H. 2017. Remembering and forgetting the medieval dead: exploring death, memory and material culture in monastic archaeology, in R. Gilchrist and G. L. Watson (eds) Medieval Archaeology: Volume IV: Medieval Social Archaeology, London: Routledge, pp. 168-93.

Williams, H., Cerezo-Román, J.I., and Wessman, A. (eds) 2017. Introduction: Archaeologies of Cremation, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1–24

Wessman, A. and Williams, H. 2017. Building for the cremated dead, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 177–98

Williams, H. and Wessman, A. 2017. The contemporary archaeology of urban cremation, in J.I. Cerezo-Román, A. Wessman and H. Williams (eds) Cremation and the Archaeology of Death, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 266–96

Williams, H. 2016. Tressed for death in early Anglo-Saxon England, Internet Archaeology 42.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.42.6.7

Williams, H. 2016. Ethnographies for early Anglo-Saxon cremation, in I. Riddler, L. Keys, and J. Soulat (eds) Le témoignage de la culture matérielle: mélanges offerts au Professeur Vera Evison/ The Evidence of Material Culture: Studies in Honour of Professor Vera Evison, Europe Médiévale 10, Autun: Éditions Mergoil, pp. 139–54 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620242

Williams, H. 2016. “Clumsy and illogical”? Reconsidering the West Kirby hogback, The Antiquaries Journal 96, 69–100 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003581516000664 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620245

Williams, H. 2016. Citations in stone: the material world of hogbacks, European Journal of Archaeology 19(3) 497-518. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14619571.2016.1186910  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/619046

Williams, H. 2016. Viking mortuary citations, European Journal of Archaeology 19(3): 400-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14619571.2016.1186882  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/619062

Giles, M. and Williams, H. 2016. Introduction: Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society, in H. Williams and M. Giles (eds) Archaeologists and the Dead, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1–20. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/618943

Williams, H. 2016. Firing the imagination: cremation in the modern museum, in H. Williams and M. Giles (eds) Archaeologists and the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 293–332. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/618942

Williams, H. and Atkin, A. 2015. Virtually dead: digital public mortuary archaeology, Internet Archaeology 40. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue40/7/4/index.html http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594441

Semple, S. and Williams, H. 2015. Landmarks for the dead: exploring Anglo-Saxon mortuary geographies, in M. Clegg Hyer and G. R. Owen-Crocker (eds) The Material Culture of the Built Environment in the Anglo-Saxon World, Vol. II of The Material Culture of Daily Living in the Anglo-Saxon World, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 137–61 http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/60534  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594429

Williams, H., Kirton, J. and Gondek, M. 2015. Introduction: stones in substance, space and time, in. H. Williams, J. Kirton and M. Gondek (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 1-34. http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14947 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594442

Williams, H. 2015. Hogbacks: the materiality of solid spaces, in H. Williams, J. Kirton and M. Gondek (eds) Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, Landscape. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 241-68 http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14947 http://hdl.handle.net/10034/594430

Williams, H. 2015. Towards an archaeology of cremation, in C.W. Schmidt & S. Symes (eds) The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, 2nd Edition, London: Academic Press, pp.259-93. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128004517&pagename=search

Tong, J., Evans, S. Williams, H., Edwards, N. and Robinson, G. 2015. Vlog to death: Project Eliseg's video-blogging, Internet Archaeology 39.  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/554088http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue39/3/toc.html

Williams, H. 2015. Beowulf and archaeology: megaliths imagined and encountered in Early Medieval Europe, in M. Diaz-Guardamino Uribe, L. García Sanjuán and D. Wheatley (eds) The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 77-97. http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-lives-of-prehistoric-monuments-in-iron-age-roman-and-medieval-europe-9780198724605?cc=gb&lang=en  http://chesterrep.openrepository.com/cdr/handle/10034/336898

Williams, H. 2014. Memory through monuments: movement and temporality in Skamby’s boat graves, in H. Alexandersson, A. Andreeff, and A. Bünz (eds) Med hjärta och hjärna. En vänbok till professor Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh, GOTARC Series A, Gothenburg Archaeological Studies, vol. 5, Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet, Institutionen för historiska studier, pp. 397-414. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/337528

Cerezo-Román, J. I. & Williams, H. 2014. Future directions for the archaeology of cremation, in I. Kuijt, C. P. Quinn and G. Cooney (eds) Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp. 240-55. http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2504.htm  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555819

Williams, H. 2014. A well-urned rest: cremation and inhumation in early Anglo-Saxon England, in I. Kuijt, C.P. Quinn and G. Cooney (eds) Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp. 93-118. http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2504.htm  http://hdl.handle.net/10034/555812

Meyers, K. and Williams, H. 2014. Blog bodies: mortuary archaeology and blogging, in D. Rocks-Macqueen and C. Webster (eds) Blogging Archaeology, E-book: Succinct Research, pp. 137-70. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/337528

Williams, H. 2014. Monument and material reuse at the National Memorial Arboretum, Archaeological Dialogues 21(1): 77-104. doi:10.1017/S1380203814000117 http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1380203814000117; http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336334

Williams, H. 2014. Antiquity at the National Memorial Arboretum, International Journal of Heritage Studies 20(4): 393-414. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2012.757556; http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336332

Williams, H. 2013. Saxon obsequies: the early medieval archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Neville, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology 23(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bha.2312. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336331

Williams, H. 2013. Death, memory and material culture: catalytic commemoration and the cremated dead, in S. Tarlow and L. Nilsson Stutz (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 195-208. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336963

Nugent, R. & Williams, H. 2012. Sighted surfaces: ocular agency in early Anglo-Saxon cremation burials, in I-M. Back Danielsson, F. Fahlander & Y.  Sjöstrand (eds) Encountering Images: Materialities, Perceptions, Relations. Stockholm Studies in Archaeology 57, Stockholm: Stockholm University, pp. 187-208. http://www.mikroarkeologi.se/publications/encounteringimagery/11.Howard_Ruth.pdf

Williams, H. 2012. Ash and antiquity: archaeology and cremation in contemporary Sweden, in A. M. Jones, J. Pollard, M. J. Allen and J. Gardiner (eds) Image, Memory and Monumentality: Archaeological Engagements with the Material World, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 207-217.

Williams, H. 2011. Remembering elites: early medieval stone crosses as commemorative technologies, in L. Boye, P. Ethelberg, L. Heidemann Lutz, S. Kleingärtner, P. Kruse, L. Matthes and A. B. Sørensen (eds) Arkæologi i Slesvig/Archäologie in Schleswig. Sonderband “Det 61. Internationale Sachsensymposion 2010” Haderslev, Denmark. Neumünster: Wachholtz, pp. 13-32. https://www.academia.edu/521529/Williams_H._2011._Remembering_elites_Early_medieval_stone_crosses_as_commemorative_technologies_

Williams, H. 2011. Mortuary practices in early Anglo-Saxon England, in H. Hamerow, D. Hinton and S. Crawford (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 238-59.

Williams, H. 2011. Ashes to asses: an archaeological perspective on death and donkeys, Journal of Material Culture 16(3): 219-39.

Williams, H. 2011. Cremation and present pasts: a contemporary archaeology of Swedish memory groves, Mortality 16(2): 113-30.

Williams, H. 2011. The sense of being seen: ocular effects at Sutton Hoo, Journal of Social Archaeology 11(1): 99-121.

Content, S. & Williams, H. 2010. Creating the Pagan English, in M. Carver, A. Sanmark & S. Semple (eds) Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 181-200.

Williams, H. 2010. At the funeral, in M. Carver, A. Sanmark & S. Semple (eds) Signals of Belief in Early England: Anglo-Saxon Paganism Revisited, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 67-83.

Williams, H. 2010. Engendered bodies and objects of memory in Final Phase graves, in J. Buckberry & A. Cherryson (eds) Burial in Later Anglo-Saxon England c. 650 – 1100 AD, Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 24-36. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311981

Williams, H., Rundkvist, M. & Danielsson, A. 2010. The landscape of a Swedish boat-grave cemetery, Landscapes 11(1): 1-24. http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311915

Walls, S. & Williams, H. 2010. Death and memory on the Home Front: Second World War commemoration in the South Hams, Devon, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 20(1): 49-66.

Williams, H. & Sayer, D. 2009. Halls of mirrors: death & identity in medieval archaeology, in D. Sayer & H. Williams (eds) Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, pp. 1-22.

Williams, H. 2009. On display: envisioning the early Anglo-Saxon dead, in D. Sayer. & H. Williams (eds) Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, pp. 170-206.

Rundkvist, M. & Williams, H. 2008. A Viking boat grave with gaming pieces excavated at Skamby, Östergötland, Sweden, Medieval Archaeology 52: 69-102.

Simpson, F. & Williams, H. 2008. Evaluating community archaeology in the UK, Public Archaeology 7(2): 69-90.

Williams, H. 2008. Anglo-Saxonism and Victorian archaeology: William Wylie’s Fairford Graves, Early Medieval Europe 16(1): 49-88.

Williams, H. 2008. Towards an archaeology of cremation, in C.W. Schmidt & S. Symes (eds) The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, London: Academic Press, pp.239-269.