Dead bodies and carvings of willies: two forthcoming lectures on Roman Lincolnshire

Some dates for your diary Roman Lincolnshire fans. Two lectures on quite different aspects of Roman Lincolnshire are being held at The Collection in Lincoln in late 2017 and early 2018.

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Lunchtime Lectures at The Collection

Both talks are part of the museum’s ongoing series of Lunchtime Lectures, held on Friday lunchtimes at 12.30 and lasting for approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased from the museum reception desk or from Digitickets via the links to the museum website below.

The first talk is on 15th December 2017 and is entitled ‘Revealing the Roman dead: Recent excavations and research in Lincoln’. The talk is being delivered by Natasha Powers of Allen Archaeology, an experienced archaeologist and osteologist who previously worked in London and has been involved in some of the most significant archaeological excavations in the capital in recent years. In this lecture, she will be exploring some of the recent Roman burials discovered in and around Lincoln, many of which she has personally analysed, and placing them into both their local and wider contexts.

The second talk is on 16th February 2018 and is entitled ‘Sex, Symbol and Supernatural: Roman Phallic Carvings in Lincolnshire’. This talk is being delivered by Adam Parker, Assistant Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum and PhD student at the Open University. Adam’s PhD research is on Magic in Roman Britain, and you can read his blog on his research here. In this talk, Adam will be exploring the examples of phallic imagery from Lincolnshire and placing them in their wider cultural context. Some sniggering will be allowed…

These are two excellent speakers who both know their subjects inside out, so if you are in the area, please do come along and attend what I’m sure will be two very different but equally fascinating talks.

You can also find details of other Lunchtime Lectures on non-Roman subjects on The Collection’s website.


6 thoughts on “Dead bodies and carvings of willies: two forthcoming lectures on Roman Lincolnshire

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      • Thanks! The carving isn’t that little in real life -it’s about a foot long. You wouldn’t notice it today on the walls of Empuries unless you read the guide, I wonder if it would have been originally painted or marked out in a different colour or something when it was first ere- put in place.


      • The perils of looking at photos on a small screen – it really kills the sense of scale! Its an interesting point about the paint. I’m not aware of any examples with paint traces but then so much in the ancient world was painted that it wouldn’t surprise me if at least some were. What an artistic commission it would have been!

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