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.

Dr Cat Jarman @@CatJarman

Put Channel 4 on to watch this if you get a chance #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe #BritainsVikingGraveyard

Happy #Caturday from #Caithness, 'The Land of the Cat'!

The place-name Caithness comes from the #Norse - they called it 'Katanes', which means 'Headland (Ness) of the Cat'.

'Cat' may refer to #Irish legend as 'Cait', one of the semi-mythical Seven sons of #Cruithne.


Are you ready for ☠️ Britain's #Viking Graveyard ☠️ ❓

8pm tonight on @Channel4

Yay - just what you need in a lockdown, more dead Vikings!! Don’t miss #BritainsVikingGraveyard tonight on @channel4 at 8 pm!
@eblueaxe @howardmrw @TerryDBlack @HorneSupremacy

@BillCaraher For parallels in the archaeological record, we have an "Archaeology of Epidemics" syllabus in the works here: inspired by the amazing crowdsourced, cross-disciplinary #coronavirussyllabus, & featuring work by @FlintDibble @petalonghurst @pathbodies et al.

Archaeology people: does anyone know of any good archaeological reports (or other literature, in Lithuanian or English) on late medieval or early modern Lithuanian rural settlements and religious sites? What have been the major excavations of the last few years?

England. Where, if a lockdown stops you from going to the pub, your milkman can bring alcohol & nostalgia to your door by 6 am to get you through the day.

The second post about the Archaeodeath Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame focused on Dr Cat Jarman's research and public engagement @CatJarman. Just as with Adam and Stuart, I interviewed her for the 'Digging into the Dark Ages' book #archaeodeath

#StayHomeSaveLives and enjoy this joyously fascinating podcast about wonderful Anglo-Saxony, Vikingy, general early medievaly discoveries at Lindisfarne, focusing on *THAT* gaming piece ♟

#MedievalTwitter | #archaeology | #history | #WashYourHands


Ignore the previous tweet that was wrong, @pontifactspod has the real facts below! 👇🏻✅

@CatJarman Actually, its St Roch and St Sebastian! St Corona's patronage usually involves money, this article is not accurate.

Check out the Call for Papers for the 19th Viking Congress in 2021

I've made this Neolithic House model FREE to download. It's based on the replicas at Stonehenge. Print it out for your kids and follow the link in the blog to read about the replica Neolithic houses

More archaeology for you, another brilliant thread by @LoveArchaeology for staying in!

🤩 I made it into the Archaeodeath Rock’n’Roll hall of fame — who do you reckon I’ve been compared to?? 😅👇🏻
Thank you @howardmrw for all the kind words!