11 December 2021Co-Hosting Guided Walk of Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness
Delighted to announce that I will be co-hosting a guided walk of Tomnahurich Cemetery, Inverness with Liam Shand of Highland Paranormal, on Sunday 3rd April. Further details/booking etc, will follow shortly.
01 June 2021Latest Update
After a long hiatus I am pleased to announce that Morte Photography, and yours truly Lorraine Evans, are back in business, so to speak. Many of you who follow me on social media will already know that I was without an internet connection for an entire year, due to my enforced Covid living situation. Understandably this had a detrimental effect on every aspect of my work. Both my book launch and book tour were cancelled, thus destroying any hope of Burying the Dead being a success. Likewise, a planned exhibition in Orkney has also been cancelled. To say I am gutted is an understatement, however one has to look at the bigger picture and feel relieved that on a personal level I came out of the Covid year pretty much unscathed. Others were not so fortunate.
Big plans though are afoot, which will be announced in due course. A number of talks in the Autumn have already been booked, both online and face-to-face. An example is shown below, full details of how to book will be available shortly. Site visits can finally resume, a new newsletter is forthcoming and a new book is also in the pipeline, again details will be available soon. Pheeeewww!
So on this 1st day of June 2021, I wish you all a joyous summer season. Please remember to stay safe.
23 December 2020Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a hopeful New Year. Your unwavering support over the past year has been very much appreciated. Thank you!
24 November 2020DigiDeath: Public Archaeologies of Digital Mortality Conference January 2021
Delighted to be speaking on Mourning in the Digital Age at the DigiDeath: Public Archaeologies of Digital Mortality Conference in January 2021. Further details, including speakers and abstracts, can be found on clicking on the link below or filling in the Contact Form.
18 November 2020Free Online Talk Vampire Burials: An Archaeological Perspective
Pleased to announce the first in a series of free online talks, Vampire Burials: An Archaeological Perspective. Further details and booking can be found by clicking on the link below or by filling out the Contact Form.
From medieval times onwards certain communities had an abiding fear of the undead, a belief that corpses could reanimate and become revenants, namely the walking dead. In parts of Eastern Europe, for example, throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there is evidence to show that certain villages and townsfolk were nailing corpses to the ground to prevent them from rising. Whereas in New England, during a particularly devastating tuberculosis epidemic, historical documents reveal how relatives had begun to exhume the bodies of recently deceased family members to check for 'unnatural signs,' such as fresh blood in the heart, or other organs, which they deemed responsible for the continuation of the disease. If blood was found, the offending organ was cut from the body and burned to ashes. This New England remedy was given the eponymous title of 'vampirism.'
So what defines a vampire burial? Where can they be found and how prolific are they? To discover the answers to such telling questions, and more, join Archaeologist and Death Historian Lorraine Evans as she endeavours to uncover the answers.