Fri 23 Sep 2022, 8.00pm - 9.00pm

In River Kings, published in 2020, bioarchaeologist Dr Cat Jarman traces a small bead found in a Viking grave in Derbyshire back to its origins in the Middle East and India, and uncovers epic stories of the Viking age along the way. This book is a riveting reassessment of the often-mythologised voyagers of the north, and of the global medieval world as we know it.   

“One of the most thrilling works of archaeological detective work I have ever read.” William Dalrymple. 

Chaired by Dr Andrew Jennings, lecturer and research associate with the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands. 


Cat Jarman 

Dr Cat Jarman is a bioarchaeologist and field archaeologist specialising in the Viking Age, Viking women, and Rapa Nui.  She uses forensic techniques like isotope analysis, carbon dating, and DNA analysis on human remains to untangle the experiences of past people from broader historical narratives. 

Dr Jarman is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Bristol and the director of the archaeological research unit Munin Archaeology. She completed her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Bristol in December 2017, on the late 9th century Viking Great Army at Repton in Derbyshire. 

Currently, she is a senior adviser on academic content development for the new museum of the Viking Age at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.