April 22, 2016, by Words on Words

Archaeology at Rendlesham

This blog post was written by Dr. John Baker, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Name-Studies.

We’re familiar with stories about richly furnished burials such as Taplow in Buckinghamshire and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, where the dead were placed under large mounds and accompanied by treasures. Increasingly, we’re able to shed light on the wider landscape of these cemeteries. What was life like for those those who, in death, were buried at places like Sutton Hoo? Where and how did they live and what was their experience of the landscape? These are matters that will be addressed in two free events taking place in the Senate Chamber, University of Nottingham, on 5th May.

To tell us more about these things, Professor Chris Scull will be giving a lecture on Rendlesham, Suffolk, where recent survey has identified an exceptionally extensive and materially wealthy settlement of the 5th to 8th centuries AD that can be identified as the site of the 7th century East Anglian royal settlement recorded by Bede. Dr Kelly Kilpatrick, a researcher at the Institute for Name-Studies, has recently completed work on the place-names of Suffolk, and this will form the subject of an afternoon seminar. She will examine the place-names of the Deben valley and their importance for our understanding of the wider landscape of Rendlesham and Sutton Hoo.

Afternoon seminar, 2pm, 5th May, Senate Chamber

Dr Kelly Kilpatrick, ‘The Place-Names of Rendlesham and the Deben Valley: the toponymic history of a Royal, Anglo-Saxon Landscape’

Tea and coffee provided.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Evening lecture 6pm, 5th May, Senate Chamber

Prof Chris Scull, ‘Archaeology at Rendlesham, Suffolk: an East Anglian royal settlement of the time of Sutton Hoo’.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

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