Review of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections

Professor Howard Williams has written a review of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections, together with Duncan Sayer’s Ethics and Burial Archaeology – which I found to be an excellent introduction to the debate over human remains in archaeological practice – in the May/June edition of Minerva.

Williams writes that the two books complement each other, that: ‘Jenkins and Sayer set a framework for further research into mortuary archaeology’s interactions with contemporary society and popular culture. Furthermore, this research provides both context to, and robust defence against, minority claims of exclusive ownership over the UK’s ancient dead which archaeology allows us all to share as part of our common history.’