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1 November 2014

A recently awarded Leverhulme Trust research grant will support a new three year venture: Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England. This project teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars in investigating travel and communications in Anglo-Saxon England. It will reconstruct the overland and riverine route-system, using textual, landscapearchaeological, and onomastic evidence, and tackle, through a series of case studies, issues of change and social complexity (e.g. what recoverable infrastructural changes tell us about the immediate post-Roman period and the re-emergence of commerce c. 800) and economic reach (e.g. through correlations between surviving material culture and the route-system). The project will incorporate a broad interdisciplinary study of the experience of travel—investigating navigation, sensory perceptions, and consciousness of ideological and folkloric landscapes.

More news on this exciting project will be announced shortly.

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16 September 2011

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STUDY YOUR HUNDRED MEETING-PLACE?

New resources are now available on the Landscapes of Governance website, including a field-guide on how to find and study Anglo-Saxon meeting-places (Checklist), and downloadable maps for each of the Domesday shires (link).

Why not see if you can find your hundred meeting-place? 

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10 March 2011

The UCL Landscapes of Governance project, in agreement with Lund University and the Arngart estate, is to host in its entirety O.S. Anderson's seminal three volume English Hundred Names as a digital resource. The digitised books [link] represent the first phase output of the Electronic Anderson: a fully searchable gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon hundred and meeting-places, due to be completed in 2012.

Recent months have also seen a lot of activity by volunteers. Besides fieldwork with Nottinghamshire County Council and volunteers from the Friends of Thynghowe on an area on Hangar Hill in Sherwood Forest [article], the Wiltshire Archaeology and Natural History Society, Archaeological Field Group have started a county-wide survey of Anglo-Saxon assembly sites.