Mon, 23 May 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Buried – An Alternative History of the First Millennium in Britain

Alice Roberts in conversation with Luke Naylor-Perrott

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Combining archaeological evidence with cutting edge DNA research and written history, the bestselling anthropologist joins us with a bold new account of the so-called Dark Ages.

Why did Roman culture disappear so quickly in Britain when it had been within the Empire for three and a half centuries? Were the Saxons really an invading force – or is the story far more complex? What can new science tell us about the enduring questions of British history?

Alice Roberts trained as a physician, and now employs her scientific knowledge to uncover new evidence about the history of Britain, combining scientific and historical insights to determine who we are and where we came from.

She joins us to shed fresh light on how we lived in the so-called Dark Ages by examining the stories of the dead. From Roman cremations and graveside feasts, to deviant burials with heads rearranged, from richly furnished Anglo Saxon graves to the first Christian burial grounds in Wales, she reveal what funerary rituals can teach us about our history.

What did people think about mortality? How did they feel about loss? What did they believe came after death? Find out more in this unmissable livestream event.

Praise for the work of Alice Roberts:

‘This is a terrific, timely and transporting book – taking us heart, body and mind beyond history, to the fascinating truth of the prehistoric past and the present’ – Bettany Hughes on Ancestors

‘Another classic from Alice Roberts. She writes as a scholar with the intensity and flair of a novelist. She has not just exhumed these prehistoric remains, she has exhumed prehistory itself’ – Dan Snow on Ancestors

‘While the rest of us read words, Alice reads bones – and what stories they have to tell. In her hands they seem slick with life, bearing messages from ancient worlds. I was captivated’ – Neil Oliver on Ancestors

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Alice Roberts

Academic, Author and Broadcaster

Professor Alice Roberts is an academic, author and broadcaster, specialising in human anatomy, physiology, evolution, archaeology and history. In 2001, Alice made her television debut on Channel 4’s Time Team, and went on to write and present The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us and Ice Age Giants on BBC2. She is also the presenter of the popular TV series Digging for Britain. Alice has been a Professor of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Birmingham since 2012. She has written several books, including The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize in 2015 and the Sunday Times bestselling Ancestors in 2021.