Supervisor: Dr. Katie Hemer & Prof. Dawn Hadley
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Transient relations: non-adult funerary practices in 1st – 10th century AD Wales and Ireland and the origin of separate infant burial grounds.
Archaeology unexpectedly reveals that normative Christian burial was not always practiced in 5th to 10th century Ireland and Wales. Some cemeteries appear to have excluded the very young, while others contain their graves in significant numbers. Differences in grave types within and between sites are also observed. At several sites in Wales, the burial of non-adults appears to continue after it has ceased for older individuals. Yet despite the presence of hundreds of later Cillíní (infant burial grounds) in Ireland, Carrowkeel, Co. Galway is the only dated early medieval example. My research, which is WRoCAH/AHRC-funded, will examine 1st – 10th century AD mortuary practices within Wales and Ireland, as they have the potential to identify pre- and post-Conversion attitudes to children and childhood and the origin of the practice of separate infant burial.
After gaining my Masters from Cardiff University in 2002, I was employed in the Heritage Management department of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Initially I assisted with both Development Control and the Historic Environment Record, along with occasional excavation. I became the Historic Environment Record (HER) Manager in 2004 and held this position until I left the Trust in 2017 to begin my PhD. During my time as the HER Manager I worked with staff in the other three Welsh HERs to migrate the records of over 100,000 archaeological sites from stand-alone, in-house databases to a web-based data management system, with integrated GIS, that enables access to information via websites and apps. As well as managing the HER I was Project Manager for DAT’s role in the Portable Antiquities Scheme. I have been involved in several DAT excavations, most recently the St Patrick’s Chapel Excavation Project. I am the Review Editor of the Carmarthenshire Antiquary.