Invitation from Marlow Archaeology Society
Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England
by Stuart Brookes
‘Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England’ is a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2014–17). It teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars in investigating mobility in Anglo-Saxon England. It will reconstruct the overland and riverine route-system, using textual, landscape-archaeological, and onomastic evidence, and tackle, through a series of case studies, issues of change and social complexity (e.g. what recoverable infrastructural changes tell us about the immediate post-Roman period and the re-emergence of commerce c. AD 800) and economic reach (e.g. through correlations between surviving material culture and the route-system). In this paper, I will summarise some of the main methodologies and objectives of the project.
Stuart Brookes is Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. He has published various works on the archaeology of early medieval Europe, including Beyond the Burghal Hidage: civil defence in Anglo-Saxon England (2013), Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age(2013) and The Kingdom and People of Kent (2010).
Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD at 8pm