Dr Cat Jarman

Dr Cat Jarman

Author and Broadcaster

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

Also today, I learned that underwater rugby is a sport, thanks to @HanDansken, and this is next level bonkers.


Visited a friend who keeps bees this afternoon and now I want some too. Easy pets?? 🐝

Some excellent recommendations here, including the brilliant @CatJarman and, er, some Roach chap! @johnmurrays https://twitter.com/HistoriaHWA/status/1542808992220692481

Looking forward to podcast chat with @CatJarman today. Preview of part of my new book on #norsemyths in the present, in particular all about #Thor ahead of next #MarvelStudios movie!

Such a fantastic chat with the brilliant @profcarolyne this morning, about Thor, with all the background you could possibly need for #ThorLoveAndThunder. Coming to #GoneMedieval very soon, you'll love this one!!

More pics from @HarperCollinsUK party @Kate7Mills @CatJarman @TheEricaJames @HeidiRomRice @RhodaBaxter

A great podcast on one of the few remaining anglo-saxon churches in Britain! @CatJarman Interesting to hear about the European roots and connections https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/gone-medieval/id1564113746?i=1000567927279

So lovely to meet you @TheEricaJames, still in complete awe of your productivity — can’t wait to be on my 26th book too! 😁

Fabulous evening at the @HarperCollins author summer party at the V&A, meeting new and old friends incl the brilliant @TheEricaJames, @paulsenwriter & @cspencer1508!

I recently visited the stunning early medieval church All Saints Brixworth. In today’s #GoneMedieval, hear all about its history: how and why it incorporates a vast number of Roman bricks, and what a huge church like this meant for the kingdom of Mercia.


Finally made it to Farleigh & District Swimming club again. Beautiful but a bit cold 🥶

Absolutely stunned but over the moon to see #RiverKings named by @FortuneMagazine as one of the best new books of 2022 so far!!

@Pegasus_Books @PFDAgents


For #FindsFriday we have this amazing #medieval #reliquary pendant. Although the back is missing, contained within the box looks to be the relic itself showing fabric and hair remaining. Recorded at https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/1070337 for @findsorguk and @bristolmuseum

My phone has just told me this was 5 years ago this week @CatJarman Is it me, myh phone, or does that seem like it was a lot longer ago?

Just started my @HistoryHit subscription and kicking off with @thehistoryguy and @CatJarman 'In Search of the Great Viking Army'. Heartily recommend 👍

Just heard that #AncientAlthorp / Althorps Hemmeligheter will be shown on NRK in Norway this evening at 19:45!

(Good excuse to bring back this excellent photo featuring @cspencer1508 and my favourite mattock)

This is an interesting read from the Smithsonian on the #Viking Great Army with @CatJarman



New paper out now, on bed burials in early medieval Europe! https://doi.org/10.1080/00766097.2022.2065060
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From AD1000, as life in towns and cities began to take shape, different cultural, social and religious groups began to interact. Dr. Cat Jarman talks to Prof. Miri Rubin about what happened when strangers became neighbours: https://podfollow.com/gone-medieval @CatJarman @MiriERubin