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Wuffing Education

The Anglo-Saxon Landscape

Woden’s Barrow and the Vale of Pewsey [Sam Newton 2007]

with Dr Rik Hoggett

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 3rd November, 2007

A look at the changing nature of the Anglo-Saxon landscape.

An exploration of the changing nature of the landscape during the Anglo-Saxon period. During the course of the day a number of different aspects of the Anglo-Saxon landscape will be considered, including the development of settlements, the exploitation and management of the environment, and the religious foci used by the Anglo-Saxons.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  

The Early Saxon Landscape.
An examination of the legacy of the Roman period and the ways in which the Early Saxon adapted and adopted the landscape that they found. A particular emphasis will be placed on the settlement evidence from West Stow and the Anglo-Saxons' exploitation of the landscape's resources.

  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Middle Saxon Landscape
This session examines one of the most important periods in the formation of the English landscape. Subjects to be covered include the growth of Multiple Estates and the effect of Christianisation on the organisation of the landscape.
  12.30 Lunch break  

The Late Saxon Landscape
This period saw the development of the two most characteristic features of the English landscape - villages and field-systems. This session looks at the archaeological and historical evidence for these developments.

  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Themes in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape
This session will highlight some of the themes covered during the days and includes a brief look at 'what happened next' when the Normans invaded.
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Rik Hoggett

Rik Hoggett has conducted a wide range of archaeological 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 PhD at the University of East Anglia on the Christianization of East Anglia where he also taught Landscape Archaeology at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He currently works as an Archaeologist for Cambridgeshire County Council.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Aston, M., Monasteries in the Landscape (Tempus 2000)
Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford 2005)
Bond, J., Monastic Landscapes (Tempus 2004)
Greene, P., Medieval Monasteries (Leicester University Press 1990)
Hamerow, H. F., Early Medieval Settlements (Oxford 2002)
Hooke, D., The Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England (London 1998)
Mayr-Harting. H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England (London 1972)
Pestell, T. , & K. Ulmschneider, Markets in Early Medieval Europe (Windgather 2003)
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)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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