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Wuffing Education

The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion

St Botulf’s, Iken at dawn, 11th Feb. 2008 (Sam Newton)

with Dr Richard Hoggett

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
onSaturday, 11th December, 2010

To coincide with the publication of the tutor’s book of the same title, this day-school examines the historical and archaeological evidence for the coming of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, and explores the changes in its religious landscape. Richard will also reveal some the most recent archaeological finds from the region.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Archaeology of Religious Conversion - An introduction to conversion studies and an examination of the nature of the archaeological record of Anglo-Saxon East Anglia, high-lighting the relevant classes of material that are available for study.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Historical Framework - A survey of the surviving historical evidence for the East Anglian conversion. Subjects include the religious leanings of the Wuffings, the establishment of the East Anglian dioceses, and the documented instances of East Anglian missionary activity, all of which provide a framework within which the archaeological record can be viewed.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Material Record – Several significant archaeological sites are examined and placed within their regional and national context. These include the rich Anglo-Saxon burials, which provide some of the best material indications of conversion.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Landscape of Conversion – Taking a step back we place the individual sites and artefacts discussed earlier in the day into their wider landscape context. The Anglo-Saxon period saw many major upheavals in the organisation of the landscape, and the role of the conversion within these changes provides the key to understanding the development of the ecclesiastical landscape.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Richard Hoggett

Richard has been an archaeologist for 15 years and has undertaken fieldwork throughout southern England and in France. He is currently the Coastal Heritage Officer for Norfolk County Council, having previously been the post-excavation manager for NAU Archaeology. He has taught extensively for the University of East Anglia and has given lectures and day-schools for many other institutions. Richard’s PhD examined the historical and archaeological evidence for the spread of Christianity throughout the East Anglian landscape.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Aston, M., Monasteries in the Landscape (Stroud, 2000)
Blair, J., The Church in Anglo-Saxon Society (Oxford, 2005)
Brothwell, D., Digging Up Bones, 3rd edn (London, 1981)
Carver, M.O.H., Sutton Hoo: A Seventh-Century Princely Burial Ground and its Context (London, 2005)
Carver, M.O.H., Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings? (London, 1998)
Chester-Kadwell, M., Early Anglo-Saxon Communities in the Landscape of Norfolk, BAR British Series 481 (Oxford, 2009)
Darling, M. with Gurney, D., Caister-on-Sea Excavations by Charles Green, 1951–55, East Anglian Archaeology 60 (Gressenhall, 1993)
Davies, J., Venta Icenorum (Norwich, 2001)
Dunn, M., The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons, c.597–c.700 (London, 2009)
Filmer-Sankey, W. and Pestell, T., Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: Excavations and Surveys 1824–1992, East Anglian Archaeology 95 (Ipswich, 2001)
Foot, S., Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c.600–900 (Cambridge, 2006)
Gallyon, M., The Early Church in Eastern England (Lavenham, 1973)
Geake, H., The Use of Grave-Goods in Conversion-Period England c.600–c.850, BAR British Series 261 (Oxford, 1997)
Gurney, D., Outposts of the Roman Empire (Gressenhall, 2002)
Hoggett, R., The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion (Woodbridge, 2010)
Johnson, S., Burgh Castle, Excavations by Charles Green 1958–61, East Anglian Archaeology 20 (Gressenhall, 1983)
Lee, C., Feasting the Dead: Food and Drink in Anglo-Saxon Burial Rituals (Woodbridge, 2007)
Lucy, S., The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death (Stroud, 2000)
Mayr-Harting, H., The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England, 3rd edn (Philadelphia, 1991)
Mays, S., The Archaeology of Human Bones (London, 1998)
Meaney, A., A Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites (London 1964)
Morris, R., Churches in the Landscape (London, 1989)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald (Colchester, 2003)
Owen, G., Rites and Religions of the Anglo-Saxons (London, 1981)
Pestell, T., Landscapes of Monastic Foundation (Woodbridge, 2004)
Parker Pearson, M., The Archaeology of Death and Burial (Stroud, 1999)
Penn, K. and Brugmann, B., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Inhumation Burial: Morning Thorpe, Spong Hill, Bergh Apton and Westgarth Gardens, East Anglian Archaeology 119 (Gressenhall, 2007)
Plunkett, S., Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Stroud, 2005)
Rippon, S., Beyond the Medieval Village (Oxford, 2008)
Rodwell, W., The Archaeology of Churches (Stroud, 2005)
Taylor, A., Burial Practice in Early England (Stroud, 2001)
Turner, S., Making A Christian Landscape (Exeter, 2006)
Warner, P., The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester, 1996)
Williams, H., Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain (Cambridge, 2006)
Williamson, T., England’s Landscape: East Anglia (London, 2006)
Williamson, T., The Origins of Norfolk (Manchester, 1993)
Yorke, B., Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England (London, 1990)


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