Accepted Paper:

Human remains, excavated at Glastonbury Abbey by CA Ralegh Radford, 1956  


Helen Shalders (English Heritage)

Paper short abstract:

A consideration of the methods of researching medieval human remains in the 1950s and today.

Paper long abstract:

CA Ralegh Radford's photographic archive of the Glastonbury Abbey excavation season of 1956 contains three photographs of markedly different skeletons all labelled as 'Abbot Seffrid'. The identification of one of these skeletons as the remains as Seffrid was not included in later published material. The rationale for this identification and the apparent abandonment of this theory will be considered. The tools, both archival and scientific, available for identification of skeletal remains in the 1950s will be compared with those available today.

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EXHIBITION - A picture is worth a thousand words: images of archaeological practice, past and present