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An Introduction to the Archaeology of Late Saxon & Viking Britain

Paul on his trusty BMW R1100GS during the filming of Michael Wood’s The Great British Story – A People’s History

Paul on his trusty BMW R1100GS during the filming of Michael Wood’s The Great British Story – A People’s History

with Paul Blinkhorn

at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 26th October 2013.

The Viking invasions of the British Isles in the 9th and early 11th centuries were some of the most significant events in our history, with major consequences for the language, culture, and settlement patterns of the country in which we live today.
Until recently, the invaders had mostly remained largely invisible to archaeologists, but the last twenty years have seen a sharp increase in discoveries relating to the invasions, and the Anglo-Saxon response to it. Over the course of the day, we shall consider the archaeological evidence for the invasion, the reasons behind it, and the effects it had on the landscape.

Provisional Programme
(There may be variations to the programme on the day)
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Viking Invasion and the Settlement of England  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Archaeology of the Viking World. From Constantinople to North America  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Archaeology of the Vikings in the British Isles  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Birth of England. The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon, 850 - 1066  
  16:20 Close  

About Paul Blinkhorn

Paul studied Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University and has since spent 25 years as an archaeologist running excavations and landscape projects in Britain and Italy. He is a specialist in the study of Anglo-Saxon and medieval pottery and is currently a visiting lecturer in Medieval Pottery at Cambridge University. He has been a guest expert on Time Team since 1998, and presenter on the archaeological magazine programme Past Finders for Meridian Television in 2002. More recently he has contributed to Michael Wood’s, The Story of England, and its the follow-up series, The Great British Story, and worked with Rory McGrath on the memorable series Pub Dig. His interests outside archaeology include art, music, football, beer, rugby league and motorbikes.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Backhouse, J. (ed.), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art (British Museum, 1984)
Hart, C., The Danelaw (Hambledon 1992)
Jones, G., A History of the Vikings (2nd ed., Oxford 1984)
Magnusson, Magnus, Vikings! (BBC Classics 1980, 1992)
Page, R.I., Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths (British Museum Press, 2000)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)

Bookings

Please phone or email to check the availability of places. 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 payment 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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