Sacred Values: Medieval Archaeology and Religious Heritage

Sacred Values: Medieval Archaeology and Religious Heritage

Paper given by Roberta Gilchrist

Delivered at the National Museums Scotland Auditorium on May 19, 2017

Religious sites and material culture account for a large part of the subject matter of medieval archaeology. But the discipline seldom reflects on what these things meant to medieval people or why they continue to matter today. Why do we value, conserve and interpret medieval sacred heritage? What is the potential significance of medieval archaeology to contemporary social issues surrounding religious identity, and how does this impact on archaeology?

Roberta Gilchrist is Professor of Archaeology and Research Dean at the University of Reading.

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