Institute of Archaeology


Archaeology, Numismatics and the Activities of the 'Great Heathen Army' of 865-79

6:15 pm, 19 February 2019

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Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The fifth seminar in the 2018-19 UCL Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series will be given by Gareth Williams (British Museum) on 19 February.


The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the continued presence in England of a 'great heathen army', tracing its movements from its initial arrival in East Anglia in 865 to settlement in Northumbria in 876 and East Anglia in 879. Although this has previously been the subject of considerable attention from various disciplines, both archaeological and numismatic evidence have typically been interpreted in the light of the historical evidence. A growing body of evidence, including new hoards as well as new evidence from Viking sites, suggests that the situation may have been considerably more complex than the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other sources suggest.

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

All meetings start at 6.15pm at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Attendees are invited to bring news items for announcement before the start of each seminar.

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