• Antiquity at the National Memorial Arboretum

      Williams, Howard; University of Chester (Routledge, 2013-01-16)
      The paper explores the use of ancient and historic material cultures and architectures within the recent resurgence in public commemoration in the UK. Using the case study of the National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire), the study focuses on how ancient designs (including prehistoric, classical and medieval styles and forms) interleave with the arboreal, geological and celestial themes of the memorial gardens. Together these designs serve to create a multitude of temporal poises by which auras of commemorative perpetuity and regeneration are projected and sustained. The paper proposes that archaeologists can bring their expertise to bear on the investigation of the complex, varied allusions to the past within contemporary landscapes of memory.
    • The landscape of a Swedish boat-grave cemetery

      Williams, Howard; Rundkvist, Martin; Danielsson, Arne; University of Chester (Oxbow, 2010-03-01)
      The paper integrates topographical and experiential approaches to the mortuary landscape of a Viking period inhumation-grave excavated in 2005 within the cemetery at Skamby, Kuddy parish, Östergötland province, Sweden. We argue that the landscape context was integral to the performance of the funerary ceremonies and the subsequent monumental presence of the dead in the landscape. We offer a way to move beyond monocausal explanations for burial location based on single-scale analyses. Instead, we suggest that boat-inhumation at Skamby was a commemorative strategy that operated on multiple scales and drew its significance from multiple landscape attributes.
    • The medieval English landscape, 1000-1540

      White, Graeme J.; University of Chester (Bloomsbury, 2013-01-08)
      This book discusses continuity and change in the medieval English landscape and the landscapes of farming and hunting, rural settlement, towns and trade, religion, and fortification.