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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Engaging with the dead

Image courtesy of Bruno Frohlich

Exploring changing human beliefs about death, mortality and the human body

The ‘Invisible Dead’ Project Conference Friday 6th-Sunday 8th June 2014

This event will be hosted by the Department of Archaeology, and attendance will be free of charge. We will be pleased to welcome archaeologists, anthropologists and others with an interest in death and human remains throughout prehistory and into contemporary society. A full provisional programme and registration form is available below.

In addition to the academic sessions (Saturday 7th-Sunday 8th June), there will be two public lectures on the evenings of Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June, with a wine reception following the Friday lecture:

Friday 6th June, 6.30 pm

Prof. Peter Pfälzner, University of Tübingen

“Packed Generations”: long-term funerary processes at two royal burial places at Qatna, Syria

Durham University Business School lecture theatre, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB

Wine reception at the Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH

Saturday 7th June, 6.30 pm

Prof. Mike Parker Pearson, University College London

Dead and (un)buried – problems and perspectives in funerary archaeology

Durham University, Archaeology & Anthropology Department, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

Two registration forms are available below. The first is for academics wishing to register for the entire conference. This should be completed by 30th April 2014 for those wishing to attend.

The second form is for anyone wishing to attend the public lectures. There is no deadline for completion and it is not necessary to provide full contact details, but it would be helpful if this could be returned to give us an idea of the numbers interested.

Please email completed forms to:

Mandy Jay ( or Jennie Bradbury ( Alternatively, they can be posted to: Jennie Bradbury, Archaeology Dept. Durham University, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

We look forward to seeing you,

The ‘Invisible Dead’ project team

Chris Scarre (PI), Graham Phillip (Co-PI), Charlotte Roberts (Co-PI), Douglas Davies (Co-PI), Jennie Bradbury (PDRA) & Mandy Jay (PDRA)