Grave Goods

Objects and death in later pre-historic Britain.

In the first longitudinal study of its kind, this collaborative project between the Universities of Manchester and Reading, and the British Museum investigates how archaeologists have used grave goods to interpret past society. The study looks at how grave goods were not just integral to past personhood but part of how people dealt with death itself.

 Alongside major academic research outputs, the project has: 

  • Engaged the public, especially schools, with their local heritage: using the past as a lens through which we can ‘talk more of the dead’ via a Schools Pack (downloadable here), featuring the work of poet Michael Rosen (hear him read the poems here) and artists Rose Ferraby, Kelvin Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada and Craig Williams.
  • Created a temporary exhibition and trail entitled ‘Death and Objects’ at the British Museum (2019-2020).