- February 1, 2020
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Trinovantes, Romans, and Eastern Saxons
with Howard Brooks FSA (Colchester Archaeological Trust)
& Dr Sam Newton (Wuffing Education)
at Sutton Hoo on Saturday 1st February 2020.
The period from late Roman Britain to the formation of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms remains one of the most intractable in British archaeology. Here we shall review evidence from excavations in Colchester in particular and from Essex in general, in an attempt to throw light on the history of the Late Iron Age and Roman centre and its landscape. After lunch we shall consider the origins and early history of the kingdom of the Eastern Saxons from the perspective of the Anglo-Saxons, with special attention to the Prittlewell burial.
10.00: Site opens; tea & coffee on arrival.
10.30 – 11.25: Trinovantes and Romans: a Colchester case study (HB): what excavations in and around Colchester tell us about the Trinovantes and the Romans.
11.25 – 11.50: Tea, coffee, & biscuits; orders for lunch.
11.50 – 12.45: Romans and East Saxons (HB): the elusive Saxons – absence of evidence, or evidence of absence? – the indications from archaeology and landscape study, including some late Roman or early Anglo-Saxon warrior burials from Colchester.
12.45 – 14.00: Lunchtime.
14.00 – 14.50: The Kingdom of the Eastern Saxons (SN): what we can deduce from the early medieval sources of the beginnings of Essex.
14.50 – 15.10: Tea, coffee, & biscuits.
15.10 – 16.00: The King of Prittlewell (SN): a consideration of the archaeology of the Prittlewell burial and its historical implications.
16.00: Thanks and Farewell
About Howard Brooks FSA
Apart from four years in Dubai breeding birds, Howard has always worked in archaeology. His first ‘dig’ was in a Derbyshire cave in 1967. He graduated in archaeology from Cardiff University in 1975, became a Member of the (now Chartered) Institute for Archaeologists in 1984, and is now Deputy Director at Colchester Archaeological Trust. In Colchester, he has worked on or directed the excavation of urban sites in and around the Roman and medieval town. Outside Colchester, he has excavated sites dating from the Bronze Age to the medieval period, a highlight being the Stansted Airport archaeological project (1985-1991). Howard has a particular interest in landscape archaeology and has taught evening classes in archaeology for the Universities of Essex, and East Anglia. He also helps local amateur groups to carry out fieldwork and publish their results. He was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) in 2009.
About Dr Sam Newton
Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991. He published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993, and his second, The Reckoning of King Reckoning of King Rædwald: the Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, in 2003. He is also the author of several academic papers, some of are at www.independent.academia.edu/SamNewton. He has lectured widely around the country and contributed to many radio and television programmes, especially Time Team, for whom he worked from 2005 to 2012. He is a tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education, an accredited Arts’ Society lecturer, and a Director of Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo, where he has been running study-days and seminars since 2002.
Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading
- Blackmore, L., I. Blair, S. Hirst, & C. Scull, The Prittlewell Princely Burial: Excavations at Priory Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (Museum of London Archaeology 2019).
- Crummy, P., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Colchester, Colchester Archaeological Report 1, (1981).
- Crummy, P., City of Victory (1997).
- Dunnett, R., The Trinovantes (1975).
- Esmonde Cleary, A.S., The Ending of Roman Britain (Batsford 1989).
- Hirst, S., & C. Scull, The Anglo-Saxon Princely Burial at Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (Museum of London Archaeology 2019).
- Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings (London 1991).
- Museum of London, The Prittlewell Prince: the discovery of a rich Anglo-Saxon burial in Essex (Museum of London Archaeology Service 2004)
- Pewsey, C., & A. Brooks, East Saxon heritage: an Essex gazetteer (Alan Sutton1993).
- Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Phoenix 2000).
- Welch, M., Anglo-Saxon England (Batsford/English Heritage, 1992).
Venue: The Court, Sutton Hoo