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Annual Archaeology Lecture

June 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Re-thinking the emergence of the English, c.400-800AD

Dr Susan Oosthuizen

Robert Hardy Building Lecture Hall, Tuesday 5 June 2018
Wine reception from 5.30pm, Lecture from 6pm

‘Everybody knows’, so they say, that the origins of the English lie in the arrival of ‘the Anglo-Saxons’ in England between 400 and 600 AD. This lecture reconsiders that belief in three parts. First, it evaluates the strength of the evidence that underlies it; second, it explores long-term cultural continuities that link prehistoric Britain with the ninth century; and third, it takes the example of the East Anglian fenland, in the aftermath of the Roman empire, to discuss alternative explorations for English origins. ‘The Anglo-Saxons’, it concludes, are invisible in the rich and complex history of an ancient society collectively adapting and innovating through the period of Roman control and into the post-imperial decades, and evolving yet further to become ‘the English’ in the centuries that followed.

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June 5
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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