Sarah S King

Engendered violence and trauma in the European Iron Age

Internal Supervisors: Ian Armit and Jo Buckberry
External Supervisor: Christopher Knüsel, University of Exeter
Funding: ORS

The British Iron Age is best known from its many hillforts and metal weapons. The defensive function of these hill-top enclaves and violent use of weapons has been questioned, with greater emphasis placed on their putative role as symbols of prestige. Classical sources, however, although non-indigenous and often inimical, portray a society dominated by endemic violence. In order to address these conflicting views, this project will assess the occurrence and scale of violent interactions through the study of weapon-related injuries in human skeletal populations. Investigation will include population-level demography and injury assessment, burial associations, and the distribution of injuries by status, age, and sex. A comparative analysis of sites from East Yorkshire as well as remains from other contemporary sites, such as Danebury (Hampshire) and Yarnton (Oxfordshire), will be undertaken allowing for a regional perspective of violent behaviour during the Iron Age.

Last Updated:10 February 2009