The Programme (Live-Stream)
Sedgeford has emerged as a major site for investigating the agricultural revolution of ‘the long 8th century’. This period, between c. AD 650 and 850, saw the consolidation of kingdoms, the rise of the Church, the creation of great estates, an agricultural transformation based on heavy ploughs, open fields, and nucleated villages, and the development of emporia, craftwork, and long-distance trade in prestige goods.
It was a new world of wealth, power, and connections; a world of landlords and warlords, merchants and monks, free men and serfs. It represented the emergence of the medieval order from the ‘dark ages’ following the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
What is increasingly clear is that changes in eastern Britain mirrored changes in the Carolingian Empire, especially in the coastal zones of north-west Europe. The North Sea, with its ready access to other seas and to estuaries and navigable rivers, was a busy highway for military, economic, and cultural interaction between communities located around the coastal fringe or on connected waterways.
This day conference will review the results of 25 years’ work at Sedgeford in the context of new discoveries and changing ideas about the Mid Anglo-Saxon period in a) Norfolk, b) England as a whole, and c) the wider contemporary world.
Chair: John Jolleys, Chair, Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project
Session 1: Middle Anglo-Saxon Sedgeford
This session will report, summarise, and interpret the evidence from 25 years of excavations on Middle Anglo-Saxon sites at Sedgeford.
Lecture 1 - 9.45-10.25am
A Middle Anglo-Saxon Malting Complex
Dr Eleanor Blakelock
Deputy-Director of Excavations, SHARP
Lecture 2 - 10.30-11.05am
‘For a quart of ale is a dish for a king’: malting, brewing, and beer in Middle Anglo-Saxon Sedgeford and beyond
Ms Hannah Caroe
Archaeo-environmental Supervisor, SHARP, and University of Oxford
Lecture 3 - 11.25-12.05am
An Early Medieval Landscape Transformed
Dr Neil Faulkner
Director of Excavations, SHARP
Session 2: Mid Anglo-Saxon East Anglia
This session will synthesis the evidence for the Middle Anglo-Saxon transition during ‘the long 8th century’ in Norfolk.
Lecture 4 - 12.10-12.55pm
Reflections on 25 Years of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology in East Anglia
Dr Richard Hoggett
Freelance Heritage Consultant
Lecture 5 - 13.00-13.40pm
West Norfolk in the Middle Anglo-Saxon Period: changing archaeological approaches and perceptions
Dr Gareth Davies
Regional Director, Trent & Peak Archaeology
Lecture 6 - 14.10-14.40pm
Sedgeford in the Economic Landscape of Middle Anglo-Saxon East Anglia
Dr Tim Pestell
Curator of Archaeology, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Session 3: The Mid Anglo-Saxon World
This session will broaden the view to encompass the Middle Anglo-Saxon evidence for England as a whole and its connections with the wider Carolingian world.
Lecture 7 - 14.50-15.30pm
The Animal Economy: a zooarchaeological perspective on agriculture and trade in Anglo-Saxon England
Dr Matilda Holmes
University of Leicester and Consultant Archaeozoologist
Lecture 8 - 15.35-16.15pm
The Final Episode of the Cereals: consumption of bread and beer in pre-Conquest England
Dr Debby Banham
University of Cambridge
Lecture 9 - 16.20-17.00pm
Another country? Regional diversity and the ‘Englishness’ of Anglo-Saxon Norfolk
Professor John Blair
University of Oxford
Plenary session - 17.00-17.30pm
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
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