Cat Jarman New Publication

Cat Jarman

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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.

Currently, she is a senior adviser on academic content development for the new museum of the Viking Age at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. She is also a research fellow at the Cultural Heritage Institute, Royal Agricultural University. In addition, Cat was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Dr Cat Jarman @@CatJarman

Fantastic thread! Experimental work like this is so important, highlighting the immense skills and effort that went into producing Early Medieval garnet cloisonné! https://twitter.com/PrimitiveMethod/status/1367472669260709888

How it started vs how it’s going:

Aged c. 10, this book about two children taken by Vikings as slaves, totally captured my imagination.

This year, I published my own book about the Vikings & the slave trade.

Encourage children to read & give them dreams. #WorldBookDay

How it started vs how it’s going:

Aged c. 10, this book about two children taken by Vikings as slaves, totally captured my imagination.

This year, I published my own book about the Vikings & the slave trade.

Encourage children to read & give them dreams. #WorldBookDay

Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. Did I say no? We can't do this. They shouldn't be allowed to say they can do this. This is wrong for so many reasons. If you need to understand why, read #RiverKings.

Get Heirs of the Vikings for a mere £11.99 and free shipping with code BB893! (Or 40% off whatever Boydell books your heart desires)
https://boydellandbrewer.com/9781903153970/heirs-of-the-vikings/

Can anyone recommend some good, accessible, and up to date texts on the use of ancient (+modern) DNA in archaeology? Especially in a practical/explanatory context. Putting together references for a resource and want to include as much as I can. @Boothicus, @Turi__King?

I finished River Kings by @CatJarman about Vikings' links east, west and both - and it is really excellent. A genuinely gripping presentation of modern archaeology without omitting the old texts Arab, Byzantine, Anglo-Saxon and others.

Thank you for all the lovely messages about the Times review today! Apparently, #RiverKings is out of stock on Amazon (!) but @ToppingsBath still have signed copies.

Uh oh. I hope none of you were planning to spend this month’s wages on food, bills, rent, or anything like that.

Looking through old photos of my second favourite ship ever, the Gokstad ship, which we will soon wrap up in bubble wrap* to protect it before the move to the new #MuseumoftheVikingAge @kulturhistorisk. It's not moving far but the new space will be AMAZING.

Vikings!!! (... on the @spectator Book Club #podcast.)

@questingvole interviews @CatJarman about her new book “River Kings: A New History of #Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads” (@HarperCollinsUK). https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/the-truth-about-the-vikings

@CatJarman @Kulturhistorisk Do look after it for us all!😄

Looking through old photos of my second favourite ship ever, the Gokstad ship, which we will soon wrap up in bubble wrap* to protect it before the move to the new #MuseumoftheVikingAge @kulturhistorisk. It's not moving far but the new space will be AMAZING.

Genuinely speechless at this wonderful review of #RiverKings by @groovydegroovy for @thetimes. Thank you!! 😭 "River Kings is like a classical symphony, perfectly composed and exquisitely performed. Tiny trills of detail give way to pounding drums of drama."

🚨New ancient dog just dropped!🚨

The 10,150-year-old remains of a dog have been found in an Alaskan cave, the oldest discovered in the Americas. This route may have been how humans and dogs first found the New World as the ice age ended.

Me, for @NatGeo https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/oldest-dog-remains-in-americas-discovered-alaska

I do know, and the secret's out. @questingvole knows already and now you too can hear all about it on the @spectator podcast. Thanks for inviting me, Sam!