Tue24Apr20189:30 am - 1:00 pmHaughley Park Barn, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3JY
The Evolution of Suffolk's Historic Landscape
This dayschool for the Suffolk Preservation Society examines the topography, settlement patterns, field systems and historic buildings which give Suffolk its distinctive historic landscape character, and explains the methods and techniques which can be used to ‘read’ the history of the landscape around us. The historic environment plays a critical role in the planning process, and the day also focusses on how the impact of development on the historic environment is managed and mitigated, and provides advice on making effective applications and representations. Details of costs and booking details can be found on the Suffolk Preservation Society website.
Tue08May20182:30 pmAncient House Museum of Thetford Life, White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA
Excavation and Experiment: 50 Years of West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the archaeological excavations at West Stow which revealed the remains of an extensive Early Anglo-Saxon settlement in Suffolk's Lark valley. This lecture for the Friends of Thetford Museum examines the results of the original excavations and assesses the conclusions of the experiment so far.
Tue15May20186:30 pmLecture Theatre 1, University of East Anglia
Thoughts and Crosses: New Research into the Anglo-Saxon Church in East Anglia
The conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity was one of the most significant cultural changes in our nation’s history and it has shaped our physical and social landscape for the last 1400 years. We have recently seen a number of significant steps forward in our understanding of the origins and development of the early Church in East Anglia and this lecture presents the latest thoughts on the artefacts, sites and documents which shed light on this formative period. Subjects to be covered include the early use of Christian iconography, the high-precision dating of Anglo-Saxon burials, and the recently published Middle Saxon sites at Brandon, Sedgeford and Barber’s Point, as well as the spectacular new discovery of Middle Saxon timber coffins and a possible chapel at Great Ryburgh.
Wed16May201810:30 amBeccles U3A
The Archaeology of the Cold War
For many of us the Cold War conjures up a secret world of spies, drop boxes, covert missions and political skulduggery. This lecture for the Beccles U3A explores the archaeological traces of the Cold War which are still to be found in the East Anglian landscape, including airfields, atomic weapons testing plants, listening posts and fall-out shelters. Further details can be found on the Beccles U3A website.
Fri08Jun201810:00 am - 4:00 pmMoat Lane, New Buckenham, Norwich, NR16 2AU
New Buckenham Study Day
The latest in the series of study days offered by the Norfolk Historical and Archaeological Research Group focuses on the medieval settlement of New Buckenham. Further details, costs and booking information will be posted on the NAHRG website soon.
Fri15Jun201810:30 am Blakeney Village Hall, Langham Road, Blakeney, NR25 7PG
Raising the Dead: The Anglo-Saxon Archaeology of Norfolk
From the 17th-century excavations at Walsingham described in Sir Thomas Browne’s Hydriotaphia to the splendours of the royal ship-burial at Sutton Hoo, this lecture for the North Norfolk U3A Archaeology Group focuses on the contrivances of circumstance and rich cast of historical characters which led to the discovery of the region’s numerous Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.
Wed04Jul201810:15 am‘Jubilee Youth Club’ Back Lane/Steeple Tower, Hethersett, NR9 3JJ
Changing Beliefs: The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion
This lecture for the The Probus Club of Hethersett, Wymondham and District examines the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, one of the most significant cultural changes in our nation’s history and it changed the Anglo-Saxon landscape forever. This lecture uses documentary sources and artefacts, cemeteries, settlements and early churches from the region’s rich archaeological record to present an overview of the adoption of Christianity in seventh-century East Anglia.
Sun30Sep20182:00 pmSutton Hoo, Tranmer House, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ
Angels of Death: The role of women in Anglo-Saxon burial practices’
This lecture examines the growing body of historical and archaeological material which sheds light on the important role which women played in the burial practices of East Anglian Anglo-Saxons before, during and after their conversion to Christianity. This is particularly clear in the aspects of female social and religious identity which were expressed in their own funerary assemblages, but also in the role which women seem to have played in the organisation and management of the burials of others.
Tue16Oct20182:30 pmSouthwold Methodist Hall, East Green, Southwold, IP18 6LB
‘A very remote period indeed’: Discovering East Anglia’s Earliest Humans
Beginning with John Frere’s famous letter of 1797 reporting the discovery of ancient flint tools in brick-pits at Hoxne and culminating with the exposure of million-year-old footprints on Happisburgh beach in 2013, this lecture for the Southwold Museum & Historical Society looks at the string of significant East Anglian archaeological discoveries which have revolutionised our understanding of the early human occupation of Britain.
Wed17Oct20181:30 pmSt John's Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon
Work, Rest and Pray: The Archaeology of Medieval Monasteries
Monasteries were one of the most important and influential features of the medieval landscape. This lecture for the Loddon and District Local History Group examines East Anglia’s Anglo-Saxon and medieval monasteries, with a particular focus on the landscape setting of monasteries, the development of the monastic cloister and precinct, and the management of monastic estates.
Sat17Nov201810:00 am - 4:00 pmSuffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley
Raising the Dead: The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Death and Burial
Burials constitute a large part of the archaeological record from Anglo-Saxon England, and this dayschool for Wuffing Education uses the rich East Anglian burial record to explore the range of burial rites practised by the Anglo-Saxons. Subjects to be covered include the human skeleton, cremation, inhumation, the use of grave-goods and the impact of Christianity. The day will be illustrated with examples drawn from recent and unpublished excavations, as well as some classic sites.
Postponed from 3rd March 2018.