Held as scheduled in St Mary’s Church, the latest meeting was attended by Councillors Martin Briscombe, Peter Dewrance, William Gray, Sam Midgley (Chair) and Penny Stones. 130 more words
Photo: 2013, unnamed cemetery outside of Oxfordshire, U.K.
This week I began reading The Work of the Dead by Thomas W. Laqueur, and if you are interested at all in death studies, I highly recommend it, as its premise tackles the essential question of ‘why are dead bodies important to us?’ 820 more words
Early medieval Irish high crosses inspired neo-Gothic gravestones in the 19th century across these isles. In Ireland they have been widely replicated as an expensive form of funerary commemoration to the present day, articulating faith and identity in both churchyards and in cemeteries. 363 more words
In previous posts I’ve addressed the avian potential of early medieval high crosses, and their modern replication in Irish cemeteries and churchyards. Another dimension of modern-era high crosses as a memorial form is seeing how they create dense populated memorial spaces within churchyards of great antiquity. 185 more words
I’m delighted to announce the second-ever Semple and Williams co-authored publication!
Dr Sarah Semple, Reader in Archaeology at Durham University, and I have written a chapter for the just-published book… 202 more words