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.

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.

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Madly in love with this bird brooch from around AD 600 that was found in Norway this week 😍
(📷 Kulturarv i Innlandet via Facebook)

Mini 🧵 on semi-precious stones from the east (central/south Asia) in #Viking-Age Scotland, inspired by @OtherCeltic's @NtlMuseumsScot blog on the rock crystal in the Galloway Hoard.

📷 @indyfromspace and a carnelian bead I found on Papa Stour, Shetland (©️ @novapbs @BBC)

Update: my parents photographed it for me and it’s a little underwhelming. #vikings #DisappointingBurialMounds

Nope, definitely didn't get distracted from researching the early settlement of Oslo by searching for the nearest Viking Age burial mound to my childhood home. For info, it's 795m away.

Young girl (carrying a Moomin book): I’d like to buy this, please.
Me: Of course. Do you like the Moomins?
Young girl: Yes. (Pause) They’re extinct now, though.
Me: ...Are they?
Young girl: Yes. Dad says that’s why David Attenborough never talks about them.

This is a really kind-boggling fact but also very important, especially in the context of those who are searching for direct links to the Vikings....

So far my Fleets feed seem to be about 90% pets and if that’s how it’s going to continue then I’m a big fan.

I spoke to @HeyLesson about those fighting women you find in #AssassinsCreedValhalla & whether we can find them with archaeology - listen to the podcast here! 👇🏻⚔️ Great fun talking to you @Brendy_C!

Are you playing #AssassinsCreedValhalla, does the game evoke interest in history, & does it interest you to go see real Viking artifacts in museums? I work w/education in a museum w/Viking Age artifacts in Norway, in the real life Stavanger. I’d like to know what you think 🗡

If you thought #AssassinsCreedValhalla was the first, you were very wrong. Absolutely love the look of some of these, and some important points by @CCooijmans to take note of!

Looks like most of you think I should play it.... will keep you posted 😬

(Ps I’m not sure I have played a computer game since about 2005 😅)

Starting soon, @HorneSupremacy will be talking to theCambridge Medieval Archaeology Group about shiny Viking silver in Scotland! Zoom link here:

So - having written my PhD on 9th-century #Viking Age England and the Great Army, and having directed excavations at Repton, should I play #AssassinsCreedValhalla?

New info on the context of the Gjellestad #Viking ship: looks like it was part of a larger cemetery and a ‘central place’ with hall and cult buildings, and a coastal trading & production site nearby. Free article in @AntiquityJ! (Images L. Gustavsen)

Very proud of my husband for his new role with the awesome @housebyus!

Does anyone have experience with using @TheSlideDog for Zoom presentations, for showing a Powerpoint as well as going through Word and Excel docs?? Or any other useful methods?

😳 They meant it.... the proofs are here and it’s actually going to be a real book! Is it normal to feel totally terrified right now?

Oooh! We get to sneakily join @HanDansken’s tour inside Stavanger cathedral where the floors have been ripped out 👀

We’ve had our photobombing little fluff ball for a year now, best decision ever made. She may not have had the chance to become my dig-dog yet, but she is awesome company on walks and probably the best ball catcher & mud magnet in all of Wiltshire.