Thinking about Things: Assembly Sites and the History of the English Hundreds
with Dr John Baker (University of Nottingham) & Stuart Brookes (University College London)
in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||Laws, Hundreds, and things: a history of Anglo-Saxon assembly.|
|11.45||The archaeology of Anglo-Saxon assembly sites: new approaches.|
|12.45||Lunch break (bring picnic or eat in NT restaurant)|
|14:00||Understanding the landscape of assembly: site visit and survey.|
|15:15||Place-names and Anglo-Saxon assembly.|
John Baker is Research Fellow at the Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham, and a part-time tutor at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge. He has worked on two major Leverhulme-funded research projects: Beyond the Burghal Hidage (with others, including Stuart Brookes) and Landscapes of Governance. His publications include Cultural Transition in the Chilterns and Essex Region, c.350-c.650.
Stuart Brookes is Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and sessional lecturer for Birkbeck College. He specialises in comparative landscape studies and the archaeologies of state formation. His recent publications include Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age (with J. Baker and A. Reynolds), The Kingdom and People of Kent (with S. Harrington) and Economics and Social Change in Anglo-Saxon Kent AD 400-900. He is currently working on the project Landscapes of Governance: Assembly Sites in England 5th-11th centuries.
Loyn, H.R., The Governance of Anglo-Saxon England (London, 1984), especially chapter 6.
Gelling, M., Signposts to the Past (3rd edition (but earlier editions will also do); Chichester1997), especially chapter 8.
Pantos, A. & S.Semple, (eds.), Assembly Places and Practices in Medieval Europe (Dublin, 2004).
Barnwell, P.S. & M.Mostert, Political Assemblies in the Early Middle Ages (Turnhout, 2003).
Cam, H., Liberties and Communities in Medieval England: Collected Studies in Local Administration and Topography (Cambridge, 1963).
Anderson, O.S., English Hundred-Names (3 volumes; Lund, 1934-39)
Pantos, A., Assembly-Places in the Anglo-Saxon Period: Aspects of Form and Location (DPhil Thesis, Oxford, 2002)
And some useful articles: the first specifically discussing the Suffolk hundreds, the second discussing the Danelaw, and the third dealing with Cambridgeshire but touching also on Suffolk:
Warner, P., 'Pre-Conquest territorial and administrative organization in east Suffolk', in D. Hooke (ed.), Anglo-Saxon Settlements (Oxford, 1988).
Turner, S., 'Aspects of the development of public assembly in the Danelaw', http://www.assemblage.group.shef.ac.uk/5/turner.html
Meaney, A., 'Hundred meeting-places in the Cambridge region', in Rumble, A.R., & A.D. Mills (eds.), Names, Places and People: an Onomastic Miscellany in Memory of John McNeal Dodgson (Stamford, 1997).
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