CBA East – Kingdom, Civitas and County

“Kingdom, Civitas and County: The Evolution of Territorial Identities in Iron Age, Roman, and Early Medieval Eastern England”

Presented by Professor Stephen Rippon, Professor of Landscape Archaeology at Exeter University, and President of The Society for Medieval Archaeology.

His research focuses on the origins and development of today’s countryside, and embraces archaeological and historical evidence. This talk will look at variations in Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval landscapes across eastern England. It will be argued that there are long-term continuities in some of the boundaries between communities in these periods such as the kingdoms that started to emerge during the Late Iron Age, the Roman administrative districts (civitates) that replaced them, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms that in turn replaced them. These ancient boundaries were only finally swept away in a reorganisation of local government during the 10th century AD (when the counties with which we are familiar were created).

Each talk will be held via Zoom at 7.30 pm on the last Tuesday of the month and will last approximately 45 mins followed by 10 minutes of Qs & As. Put the dates in your diary now.

Talks are free and bookable separately through Eventbrite. Booking will open later in the year.

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