5th February 2014:
Tullie House is hosting a conference from 14th to 15th March on the internationally important excavation of six people found at Cumwhitton, near Carlisle in 2004. These proved to be of two women and four men. These are the first vikings to be excavated scientifically in the North West. The forensic tests and analysis carried out on the finds have provided access to a fascinating story.
The conference will start with a keynote address from Sir David Wilson, viking expert and former director of the British Museum, on Friday 14th march at 19:30, when the monograph detailing the results of the excavation will also be launched, and available to purchase.
Saturday 15th March will be a full day (10am - 4.30pm) with the Cumwhitton material forming the focus of the morning when Rachel Newman, Adam Parsons and Caroline Paterson will talk about the site, the techniques and results of the analysis, and the graves and grave goods. After lunch (included in the price), the focus shifts to putting the discoveries into a wider context both in Cumbria and with viking burial practices as a whole with presentations from Sir David Wilson and James Graham-Campbell.
Tickets cost £25-00 and are available from the Tullie House Box Office on 01228 618700.