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Wuffing Education

Livestock, Power, and Territory in Anglo-Saxon England

The wild cattle of Chillingham Castle, Northumberland []

with Dr Ros Faith

at Sutton Heath, then in The Old Court , Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 2nd October 2010

A new look at Anglo-Saxon farming and animal husbandry in the landscape as not only a source of power but also a cause for conflict.

Please note this Study day includes an earlier start (9:30 am) with a field visit to Sutton Common/Heath where Jane Barber, from Suffolk Wildlife Trust will join us to talk about grazing the heathlands as a preliminary to the day. 

Provisional Programme
Note different start time and different location.

Via own transport meet on Sutton Common/Heath where Jane Barber, from Suffolk Wildlife Trust will join us to talk about grazing the heathlands as a preliminary to the day.  Download helpful notes and directions. Then drive to Sutton Hoo via your own transport.

  11.00 Coffee at Sutton Hoo  
  11.30 Managing early medieval livestock. It is hard for us nowadays to grasp the much wider range of habitats early animals could, and did, survive in. Woodland, saltmarsh, bleak fells, cliffs and mountainsides all supported animals and understanding these as pasture areas gives us an insight into the world of early farming. ‘Native breeds’ reintroduced as a conservation measure can teach us a lot.  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 An economy in abatement: livestock husbandry in post-Roman Britain. When the pressure to supply the Roman state went, it seems that farmers returned to a much more livestock-oriented economy. This may be the context for the emergence of the ‘resource areas’ containing significant common pasture lands. If the Sandlings and the lower Deben Valley were important commons, what implications might this have for understanding the territory of the Wuffings?  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Territory, power and conflict. A more pastorally-oriented economy supported dominant figures who resembled neither Roman villa-owners nor later feudal lords. Were early medieval rulers more like Scottish clan-chieftains than ‘kings’?  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Ros Faith

Ros Faith is the author of The English Peasantry and the Growth of Lordship (1997) and is currently writing a book on Anglo-Saxon farms and farming with Debby Banham. She is a part-time tutor in English Local History in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford and is a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College there. She runs an informal group called ‘Exploring Early Farming’ which arranges field trips and day schools in Oxford.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Fleming, Andrew, The Dartmoor Reaves , 2nd ed. (2009)
Pryor, Francis: Farmers in Prehistoric Britain (1998)
Rackham, Oliver, The History of the Countryside (1986)
Williamson, Tom, Sutton Hoo and its landscape (2008)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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

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