Exploring the senses in the
First Millennia

Our annual day seminar will take place on 18th June 2019 in the Meadows Lecture Theatre.

Please email fmsgseminars[@]gmail.com to book a place

How did people experience their world in the first millennia? And how can we approach that through archaeology? Of the senses, ancient colours are perhaps the ones most readily examined today, though the field remains underexplored. In our own engagements with material, sight and touch are probably the dominant senses we use. But what of taste, or smell? How can we investigate these, or restore some sound to the past?

9:55 – 10:00 Introduction
10:00 – 10:30 Louisa Campbell: Recreating Colour on the Antonine Wall
10:30 – 11:00 Heather Pulliam: Sense and Incense: Guarding Heaven’s Gate
……. Coffee break …….
11:30 – 12:00 Tanja Romankiewicz: I spy with my little eye: facial recognition in Early Celtic Art in the context of neuro-atypical experiences
12:00 – 12:30 Martin Goldberg: The Galloway Hoard: a feast for the senses
12:30 – 12:45 Summing up of the morning
……. Lunch …….
14:00 – 14:30 Matt Knight: Performing Destruction in the Late Bronze Age
14:30 – 15:00 Adrian Maldonado: The temporality of sound – ringing bells in early medieval Scotland
……. Coffee break …….
15:30 – 16:00 Alexandra Makin: Recreating part of the 10th century Cuthbert maniple: a sensory engagement with embroidery
16:00 – 16:15 Ben Saunders: Sea Sense
16:15 – 16:45 Johnny Horne: Getting pissed in the past – what we know about brewing and drinking in prehistoric Britain
16:45 – 17:15 Antje Kluge-Pinsker: Trying to approach archaeologies of senses and emotions at the same time: “Ein Stück Heimat” – a current participatory project in the Roman-Germanic Central Museum, Mainz, Germany
17:15 – 17:45 Final discussion
18:00 Reception