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.


Dr Cat Jarman @@CatJarman

Great to see #GoneMedieval powering up the #history #podcast chart! @CatJarman @HistoryHit

London people: which is the best alternative to Uber these days??

Fantastic news, so very happy to see this!!
Fingers crossed for the others still at risk.

My #RiverKings are going home!! 🇳🇴
#Elvekonger will be published in Norway this October by @ForlagetPress & the book is currently being translated by the award-winning Christian Rugstad. Delighted to be working with @tsmala &co. A big thank you to my amazing team at @PFDAgents!

For #HillfortsWednesday, I decided to try out my new Get Fit Quick plan: the hillfort dash. Carpark ➡️ trig point ➡️ car park as fast as I can.

(Spoiler: I’m not very fast 😆)

Skytebane = firing range
Gravlund = burial ground


And now are asking us to peer review papers super speedily for free so they can make more money.

☑️ No

@CatJarman Scotland is fortunate that our songs and music are not lost. Vast archive available online.

This podcast was so good. Two historians and broadcasters at the top of their game.

(Warning: there is discussion of medieval dildos.)

This is wonderful. I often feel sad about all the songs and music from the past that are lost to us.

Not only is this a mighty fine bookshelf in my local shop, I rekon it would be a great night at the local pub once we’re allowed again!! @MaryAnnOchota @CatJarman @LeMoustier @theAliceRoberts . I would tag Barry but (knowing him) I think Twitter may not be for him! 😂#archaeology

Yes hello Cat and I spoke about sex

Over the moon to see that #GoneMedieval has made it onto the front page of Apple podcasts’ “New and noteworthy”!! 🤩😭
This means so much, thanks to all our brilliant listeners + @HistoryHit, @Stevelanham & @thehistoryguy for making it happen + my fab co-host @MattLewisAuthor

🎧New podcast! Fed up with battles, I asked the brilliant Dr Eleanor Janega (@GoingMedieval) to talk about something entirely different: Sex in the Middle Ages. What do we really know about what happened in the very private lives of medieval people?

Finished with the fatherland, now researching the unification of the motherland - Sweden. Desperately want to travel back to the islands of (the real) Kattegat, where I spent all my childhood summers

@AlisonFisk Sketched this whilst thinking about the ‘River Kings’ by @CatJarman and her Viking work

I’m off on an adventure to track down some exciting archaeology for a brand NEW series of Digging for Britain!

📣 #NewPodcastEpisode In this episode of #GoneMedieval from @HistoryHit, I’m joined by the brilliant @LukePepera to talk about Identity and Society in Medieval Africa. I learned so much from Luke and enjoyed chatting to him.

Please listen & subscribe!

This is so exciting @cspencer1508, congratulations— can’t wait to hear more!! #thewhiteship