The Anglo Saxon Agricultural Revolution

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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 specialised 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.

The Excavation Director is Dr Eleanor Blakelock and she will lead this fascinating Study Day, which means 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. Eleanor will deliver two in-depth talks – to be hosted in Sedgeford’s medieval church – that will provide essential context for understanding the remains.

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Dr Eleanor Blakelock

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I am a trained archaeometallurgist who specialises in Early Medieval metalwork. My primary fieldwork experience is at Sedgeford in Norfolk, where I am now the director of excavation of the largest trench.

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21 July 2022 AXAS220721 21 July 2022 (Thursday) Dr Eleanor Blakelock $195
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1 August 2022 AXAS220801 1 August 2022 (Monday) Dr Eleanor Blakelock $195
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