Kings, Power and Conversion in Anglo-Saxon England:new archaeological perspectives from the kingdom of Kent
by Dr Gabor Thomas, University of Reading
Anglo-Saxon Kent has long been celebrated as a crucible for the key institutions that would come to define the medieval state of England, not least kingship, the written law and the church. Archaeological study of Anglo-Saxon Kent has traditionally relied upon the exceptionally rich cemetery evidence for which the region is internationally renowned.
Taking as its principal focus the results of a decade-long programme of research excavation at Lyminge, this talk will explore how a rapidly expanding corpus of settlement archaeology can be used to enhance understanding of the complex processes that brought the kingdom of Kent into being as a microcosm of early medieval state formation.
Image: Lyminge excavations in progress with the parish church in the background
Main Hall, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD at 8pm
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The material culture of English medieval rural households
by Dr Ben Jervis, Cardiff University
Whilst we know much about the clothing, furnishings and material culture of medieval elite residents from inventories and archaeological investigations, the possessions of non-elite members of medieval society is less well understood. In this lecture I will draw on a large survey of excavated archaeological objects from rural settlements and a unique set of documents; lists of goods seized from the households of felons, outlaws and suicides, to address the question of what objects medieval people owned. In particular, the lecture will focus on items associated with the preparation and serving of food, furniture and personal items associated with personal adornment and devotion.
Image: Weald & Downland Living Museum. This reconstruction of a flint cottage is based on archaeological evidence from excavation of the deserted medieval village of Hangleton. The cottage was probably built in the 13th century and abandoned in the 14th century. The main room has an open hearth and the inner room has an oven
The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world, is irresistibly dramatic and tragic. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.
But what of the heroes and the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have a played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Get closer to these captivating characters as you explore the breath-taking art that brings them to life, from dramatic ancient sculptures and exquisite vase paintings to powerful contemporary works.
You can also examine the fascinating archaeological evidence that proves there was a real Troy – and offers tantalising hints at the truth behind the mythical stories.
From Helen of Troy’s abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.
Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire. A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I. Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.
Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
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