We are hosting a virtual talk about the discovery and excavation of the Iron Age cemetery at Harlyn Bay from 1900-1906, and warmly invite you to join us.
Date: Tuesday 7th February
These excavations marked a significant moment in the history of British archaeology and the Royal Institution of Cornwall (RIC). The project involved a number of RIC members, the excavation of over 130 slate-lined burials, and the creation of the largest Iron Age human remains collection in the region. Through the application of a variety of methods including archival research, osteoarchaeology, radiocarbon dating, and isotopic analyses, the talk will explore how we can piece together the history of the Harlyn Bay excavations and begin to interpret this site and better understand discoveries made there.
Due to the nature of this subject matter, the talk will include a significant number of images of human remains.
The talk will be led by Alexis Jordan from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Alexis is a PhD candidate in anthropology and a Distinguished Dissertator Fellow, specialising in Iron Age and Early Roman archaeology, mortuary practices, bioarchaeology, gender, and museum studies. She earned her MS in anthropology with a certificate in museum studies from the same school in 2009 and her BS in anthropology from Loyola University-Chicago in 2006. Her dissertation research focuses on the construction of group identities in the Iron Age and Early Roman period (800 BCE-CE 200) of southwestern Britain through the analysis of mortuary rituals and human remains.
The talk is pay as you feel, with a suggested donation of £3 upwards, and open to the general public. Cornwall Heritage Trust members are welcome to attend and were also previously given exclusive access to book their places.
Numbers are restricted and places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please be aware that Cornwall Heritage Trust is recording this virtual event and will publish this online.
Cornwall Heritage Trust hosts a number of Story Cafes throughout the year to bring Cornwall’s unique and distinct heritage to life and preserve its stories for future generations. Previous Story Cafés have ranged from discussing archaeological excavations at Trethevy Quoit to exploring the forgotten stories of Cornish miners from the Kolar Gold Fields.
Photo credit: TRURI-Ahb086, Harlyn Bay Photographic Collection, RCM