Cat Jarman

Cat Jarman


Dr Cat Jarman is a bioarchaeologist and field archaeologist specialising in the Viking Age, Viking women, and Rapa Nui.  She uses forensic techniques like isotope analysis, carbon dating, and DNA analysis on human remains to untangle the experiences of past people from broader historical narratives.

Her book “River Kings”, about connections between Vikings in the west and the Silk Roads, will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.

Dr Jarman is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol and the director of the archaeological research unit Munin Archaeology.

She completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Bristol in December 2017, on the late 9th century Viking Great Army at Repton in Derbyshire. Her thesis research combined complex bioarchaeological and forensic analyses of Viking Age burials, including a mass grave of almost 300 individuals, alongside new excavations of the Viking winter camp and Early Medieval Monastery. This research formed the basis of the 2019 documentary “Britain’s Viking Graveyard” (Channel 4) / “The Lost Viking Army” (PBS/Nova).

Dr Jarman has also researched and published on the diet, resource use, and origins of the ancient populations of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). She now directs ongoing excavations at the Anglo-Saxon and Viking site of Repton and a newly discovered Viking winter camp at nearby Foremark. She also directs excavations of a Viking Age Rus fortified settlement at Vypovzyv in Ukraine.

She is an experienced public speaker and communicator, recently speaking at TEDxBath on the topic of archaeology, migration, and forensics. She frequently shares her expertise in the media (recent examples include New Scientist, New York Times, and BBC radio) and on podcasts (e.g. HistoryHit with Dan Snow) and her research has been covered by print and online news outlets internationally.

Dr Jarman has contributed to numerous TV documentaries as both an on-screen expert and historical consultant, including programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, History, Discovery, and more.

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A Norwegian chap, fishing salmon, managed to hook himself a possible bow 😳

Great video from @Kulturhistorisk on the new Viking ship excavation & the context for it on their Facebook page! Also, check out the gorgeous reconstructions of the Oseberg tapestries.... 1/2

Libraries will reopen in 2 weeks!!! Pleeeease include university libraries in that.... 🙏🏻

I miss libraries so much 😢

On Friday, the excavations of the Gjellestad Viking Age ship will begin! More info in English here:

What will they find?? The radar showed a ship ~20m long, so about the same as the Gokstad and Oseberg ships.

📷NIKU #vikings #Gjellestad #archaeology

Important commentary on the recent Irish DNA study by @thecelticist. 👇🏻 Highlights why we REALLY need to be better at talking cross-disciplines & incorporate humanities properly into science research!

New job means new stationery, right??

Exciting - if you’re looking for something to do this weekend check out the FREE online talks at @TheDigVenturers Dig Nation Festival! Also, best tag line 😅 #BigDigEnergy

Thank you all for the messages and good wishes, I am delighted you are all as excited about the new museum as I am!! 😄 I promise I will share anything I’m allowed to and then you’ll all have to come and visit in 2025. 😉

I can finally share that in July, I will be starting a new job as a senior advisor on academic content development for the new Museum of the Viking Age in Oslo!!

This is literally my dream job and I can’t believe I get to work with these collections over the next year. 😍😭/1

Just talked to @BBCSuffolk Radio about the exciting prospect of finding archaeology in your back garden. If you do find something, contact your local FLO for advice & they might be able to ID it for you!

For his home school music lesson on rap, my son has just been asked to analyse the theme tune to Fresh Prince of Bel Air and a clean version of an Eminem song. Pretty sure this means his teacher was a teenager in the 90s.

Important context on the Bristol #EdwardColston statue:

I sincerely hope colleagues who have regarded public history as 'lightweight' or 'not a proper discipline' are finally, belatedly, rethinking their position. Historical narratives that predominate in public discourses can be harnessed for good & ill. And historians do shape them.

This is me 👇🏻. 😃

Facebook could definitely do with improving their automatic Danish translations of knife anatomy in their artefact descriptions. 🙄😅

To celebrate 100 episodes today, why not dive into some of our greatest hits! In episode #40 @HorneSupremacy & @CatJarman revised our perceptions of the Vikings with tales of their archaeology @LoveArchaeology

More photos of what it looks like to have a Viking grave dug up in your house, underneath you bedroom: 😄

(Photos: NRK

Even More Men! #SkyHISTORY. Thank goodness Lagertha is in there to even out the balance. But seriously?

@CatJarman This one too 😉 a viking Blacksmith grave turned up when the houseowner was digging by his house