The lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CE
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
Includes an introductory lecture, museum visit and guided walk.
Course Code: HLW106
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
This one-day course looks at two of the most neglected periods of London’s history when, from AD 600 to 900, the settlement of Lundenwic was sited at Aldwych, and the re-establishment c. AD 900 of Lundenburh in the area of the City.
What will we cover?
Why the early medieval peoples (Anglo-Saxons) preferred to set up their new town on a new site, the form,
size character and economy that developed, and the dramatic reasons for its abandonment and resettlement within the walls of Roman Londinium.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Appreciate the topography of London in the mid-Saxon (Lundenwic) and late-Saxon (Lundenburh) periods and better understand this formative but much misunderstood chapter in our urban history.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes no prior knowledge of London’s history ( although background reading would be a sensible
preparation) As important would be an enthusiastic interest in our capital’s long and convoluted development. A
keen eye, an open mind and a desire to question would be appreciated.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Interactive lecture, museum visit and guided walk.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HLW1114: Medieval London 1000-1350: the archaeology of a capital city.
Dr Stuart Brookes is Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and has taught at the City Lit since 2012. He specialises in comparative landscape studies and the archaeologies of state formation, as well as the archaeology and history of London. He has published various works on the archaeology of early medieval Europe, including Beyond the Burghal Hidage: civil defence in Anglo-Saxon England (2013), Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age (2013) and The Kingdom and People of Kent (2010). He is currently working on two major Leverhulme Trust projects: Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia CE 400–800 (UCL), and People and Place: The making of the Kingdom of Northumbria 300–800 CE (Durham University).
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