Sat03Mar201810:00 am - 4:00 pmSutton Hoo
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 The day will be illustrated with examples drawn from recent and unpublished excavations, as well as some classic sites.
Tue24Apr201810:00 am - 4:00 pmHaughley Park Barn, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3JY
Reading the 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.
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
Fri15Jun201810:30 amNorth Norfolk U3A
Raising the Dead: The Anglo-Saxon Archaeology of Norfolk
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.
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.