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‘Bog Bodies: face-to-face with the past.’ Dr Melanie Giles. A talk being given at Leeds Museum

  • Event Start Date: 25/09/2021 14:00 - 15:30
Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society
Prehistory Research Section & The Prehistoric Society
25th September 2021, 2 pm
Thoresby Room, Leeds Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
‘Bog Bodies: face-to-face with the past’
Talk by Dr Melanie Giles, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Manchester

Dr Melanie Giles encourages us to revisit the iconic phenomenon of bog bodies, through the story of Manchester Museum’s ‘bog head’ from Astley Moss, Worsley. By thinking differently about these landscapes, the many different kinds of artefacts also found in bogs, and the meaning of violence in later prehistoric and early Roman worlds. She will encourage us to tell more subtle stories around these discoveries, which addresses both their lives and deaths. She will end with some of the more creative ways in which museums have been responding to concerns about if and how we display human remains, encouraging us to see our archaeological work as a kind of ‘care’ for the ancient dead.

This talk is open to members and the public. Please note should Government restrictions on social distancing be in place at the time of this event, it will be subject to cancellation.

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Any enquiries contact John Cruse, Hon Secretary YAHS, Prehistory Research Section

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