Keynote Professor Howard Williams & Workshop Assignment

On Thursday the Mortuary Archaeology Today symposium will take place in Het Heerenhuis (Welcome from 9.30). There is still the possibility to register via until March 31, but places are limited! You can find the Programme & Abstracts here.

From 17.00 to 18.00 our invited speaker professor Howard Williams of the University of Chester will address us with an inspiring talk on Cremation Past and Present (see programme & abstracts). To find more information on his interests, you can visit his blog on the archaeology and heritage of death and memory.

Afterwards we will head off for drinks at the Groningen Institute of Archaeology nearby and the optional conference dinner in the city center. If you wish to attend the dinner, please let us know through before April 16th.

On Friday we have an intensive day of workshops. An introduction to this workshop can be found at the end of the Programme & Abstracts. We propose the participants take a look at the suggested literature and have a think about the attached assignment, so they can participate in the discussions (only compulsory for ARCHON-students).

During the day, the participants work on a case-study under supervision of specialists which incorporated the various aspects of mortuary studies. The goal is to think about the questions we ask of mortuary data and how we can better integrate different methods. At the end of the day people should have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations for their own research. The specialists guiding the workshop will include Eveline Altena from Leiden University, professor Sofia Voutsaki from the University of Groningen, and professor Howard Williams.

After the workshop, we have planned an excursion to the Zuiderbegraafplaats in Groningen, a beautiful cemetery dating back to the first half of the nineteenth century.


For registration or queries please contact:

Attending fee for non-presenting attendees: 

10€ for one day;  15€ for two (lunch & drinks included)

For last minute information: 

See our facebook-event ‘MortuaryArchaeologyToday’ via