Kings, Vikings, distant monks or local peasants: who was who in the early medieval trading site and ringforts in the Domburg area, island of Walcheren (Netherlands)?

Start: Dec 12, 2017 06:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology


The fourth seminar in the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Letty ten Harkel (Oxford) on 12 December.


The small coastal island of Walcheren in the SW Netherlands, situated in the estuary of the river Scheldt, is extremely rich archaeologically. In addition to the probable site of an early medieval emporium, comparable in wealth to Dorestad, the island housed no less than 3 closely spaced early medieval ringforts. Yet many questions surround the nature and significance of this archaeological heritage, not least because much has been destroyed by coastal erosion since remains were first studied by Antiquarians in the 19th century. Who were the inhabitants of the island? Who built the ringforts? This talk aims to answer some of these questions, combining a critical revaluation of older interpretative frameworks with new scientific results from the 'Investigating the Dead in Early Medieval Domburg' project.

The Medieval Seminar Series is sponsored by the World Archaeology Section at the Institute of Archaeology and the British Museum.

All meetings start at 6pm at the Institute of Archaeology with the exception of the Sir David Wilson Lecture. Attendees are invited to bring news items for announcement before the start of each seminar.

The programme for the 2017-18 Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series is available to download here»

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