Howard Williams (archaeologist)

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Howard M. R. Williams is a British archaeologist. He received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Reading for a thesis on Anglo-Saxon cremation burial. Most of his voluminous published work treats Early Medieval Britain, though he has also published on Scandinavia in the same period and on the history of scholarship in his field of study.

Williams has taught archaeology at Carmarthen, Cardiff and Exeter, and is currently Professor at the University of Chester. He has co-published work with, among others, Richard Bradley, Bonnie Effros, Heinrich Härke and Martin Rundkvist.


  • Williams, H. (ed.) Archaeologists on Contemporary Death: Mortality Special Issue, 16.2. (2011, editor).
  • Sayer, D. & Williams, H. (eds). Mortuary Practices & Social Identities in the Middle Ages: Essays in Burial Archaeology in Honour of Heinrich Härke. Exeter: University of Exeter Press. (2009, editor)
  • Semple, S. & Williams, H. (eds). Early Medieval Mortuary Practices. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology & History 14. Oxford: Oxbow. (2007, editor)
  • Williams, H. Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2006)
  • Williams, H. (ed.). Archaeologies of Remembrance: Death and Memory in Past Societies. New York: Kluwer/Plenum. (2003, editor)
  • Bradley, R.J. & Williams, H. (eds). The Past in the Past: The Reuse of Ancient Monuments. World Archaeology 30 (1). London: Routledge. (1998, editor)

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