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The Coming of Christianity to East Anglia

Gold and garnet cloisonné cross from Wilton, Norfolk (British Museum)

with Rik Hoggett

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 21st October 2006

The arrival of Christianity on these shores in 597 was one of the great turning points in English history. Not only did it mark the beginning of a new religious way of life and kick-start written history, it also had a fundamental and lasting effect on the landscape of Anglo-Saxon England: an effect which we can still see around us today. Using historical and archaeological evidence, this study-day explores the changing religious landscape of the Anglo-Saxon period in East Anglia and examines the ways in which it was over-written, adapted and even ignored by the newly-converted Christian population.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Changing Beliefs: Studying Conversion.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 East Anglia: The Historical Evidence.  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Dead: Burial practice, cemeteries and churchyards.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Living: Shrines, churches and settlements.  
  16:15 Close  

About Rik Hoggett

Rik Hoggett has been an archaeologist for ten years, during which time he has conducted a wide range of fieldwork across southern England. A double graduate of Bristol University, for a number of years he was a director of the Sedgeford Project, investigating the Anglo-Saxon origins of a north-west Norfolk village. This led on to his soon-to-be-completed PhD at the University of East Anglia, examining the historical and archaeological evidence for the Christianization of East Anglia. He teaches Landscape Archaeology in the School of History, UEA, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society [Oxford 2005]; note that Chapter 1 can be viewed at (This will take several minutes to download - 3.6Mb)
Carver, M.O.H. (ed.), The Cross Goes North [York 2003].
Hooke, D., The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England [London 1998].
McClure, J. & R.Collins, (eds.), Bede: the Ecclesiastical History of the English People [Oxford 1999].
Rackham, O., A History of the Countryside [London 1986].
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk [Manchester 1996].
Williamson, T., The Origins of Norfolk [Manchester 1993].


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