- February 8, 2020
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Anglo-Saxon Kent: People, Archaeology, and History
with Dr Susan Harrington FSA (University College London).
at Sutton Hoo on Saturday 8th February 2020
Focussing on the key excavated sites, primarily cemeteries and settlements, and related documentary sources for this important early Anglo-Saxon kingdom, we shall discuss the people, landscape, culture, and connections for the period AD400-1066.
Welcome; tea & coffee; orders for lunch.
10.30 –11.25: Kent in historical and archaeological contexts – a critical review.
11.25–11.50: Tea, coffee, & biscuits; orders for lunch.
11.50 –12.45: Meet the ancestors – examining people’s lives through their burial records and material culture
14.00 -14.50: Whose law is it anyway? Kent had the earliest Anglo-Saxon law codes, but whose interests do they serve?
14.50–15.10: ea, coffee, & biscuits.
15.10 –16.00: What happened next? The shifting fortunes of Kentish kingship and communities.
16.00:Thanks and Farewell
About Sue Harrington
Sue Harrington is an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Her most recent work is with the People and Place: the making of the Kingdom of Northumbria project at Durham University and before that on the Beyond the Tribal Hidage Project at UCL IoA, investigating the kingdoms of southern Britain with an emphasis on Kent. Currently an Independent Researcher, she is working on the unpublished early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries of Sussex, including Highdown.
Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading
Brookes, S. and Harrington, S. 2010. The kingdom and People of Kent AD400-1066. Stroud, The History Press.
Williams, J. (ed). 2008. The archaeology of Kent to AD800. Kent History Project.
Sweetinburgh, S. (ed) 2016. Early Medieval Kent, AD800-1220. Kent History Project
The county journal Archaeologia Cantiana is freely available online, together with indexes and contains many site reports from the Early Medieval period:
Venue: The Court, Sutton Hoo