The Anglo-Saxon Agricultural Revolution and the Making of Medieval England
The Sedgeford Excavations
The English landscape was transformed in 'the long 8th century' - the age of Charlemagne. Kings parcelled up the land into great estates, and secular and ecclesiastical lords created new farming regimes based on large villages, heavy plough-teams, and specialized production. The Sedgeford excavations are at the cutting-edge of academic research into this formative period. Work is currently focused on a unique, industrial-scale complex of malthouses.
Dr Neil Faulkner FSA founded the Sedgeford Project 25 years ago. He remains the excavation director today, and he will be the Andante guide lecturer throughout the visit.
This will mean unique access to the archaeological process on one of the most important Anglo-Saxon research projects in Britain. Participants will be taken into the main excavation trench for close-up views of features under excavation, and will also have the opportunity to handle pottery, animal bone, human remains, and small finds. Neil will deliver two in-depth talks – to be hosted in Sedgeford’s medieval church – to provide essential context for understanding the remains.
Study Day -
Meet at Sedgeford Parish Church, Sedgeford, PE36 5NG
10.15: Tea and coffee followed by introductory lecture in Sedgeford parish church
11.30: Guided walk around the medieval village and landscape
1.30: Guided visit to the main excavations - a unique Anglo-Saxon malting complex - with privileged access to all areas of the trench
2.30: Guided visit to on-site post-excavation facilities
3.00: Tea and coffee followed by pottery handling session
3.45: Concluding lecture on the Sedgeford excavations in their Anglo-Saxon context.