23 March 2022

Archaeology Online: Bog Bodies – face to face with the past

Discover how bog bodies bring us face to face with the past with Dr Melanie Giles.

Hear about the latest research on this iconic international phenomenon, through the lens of a ‘cold case’ piece of forensic archaeology on Manchester’s bog head, known as Worsley man.

In this talk, Melanie will discuss how our ideas about both bog bodies and bogs have been shaped by centuries of prejudice about this extraordinary landscapes. Using the Iron Age archaeology, she will encourage us to think differently about these places and what they may have meant to later prehistoric communities, whilst situating Worsley man and his fate within the turbulent world of Roman conquest in the north.

Speaker: Dr Melanie Giles is an archaeologist and leading expert on Iron Age Britain. She is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester. Melanie’s latest book, Bog Bodies: face to face with the past, reinterprets the latest continental research and new discoveries. It brings the bogs to life through both natural history and folklore, revealing them as places that were rich and fertile yet dangerous. The book also argues that these remains do not just pose practical conservation problems but also philosophical dilemmas, compounded by the critical debate on if – and how – they should be displayed.

How to take part

Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Wednesday 23 March.

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Image: Tollund man (courtesy of Silkeborg Museum)

Additional information

Archaeology Online

This talk is part of Archaeology Online, a series of monthly evening lectures brought to you by Bristol Museums, Bath and Counties Archaeological Society, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.