November 10th, 2020
November 10th, 2020

Virtual Fall Lecture Series - Memory and Commemoration in Early Medieval Britain

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Join Dr. Alison Leonard. The act of commemorating is a practice shared by humans across time and space. Shared, but incredibly diverse. Between the banning of paganism by Roman rulers in AD 392, and the arrival of “heathen” Viking invaders in AD 793, the peoples of early medieval Britain displayed an astounding array of commemorative practices. Some, like the Sutton Hoo burials, were monumental. Others were strictly in keeping with contemporary Christian doctrine. And in between, we find quirky, questionable, ostentatious, and endearing acts, each of which showcases a unique set of beliefs.

In this talk we will look at the wide range of commemorative practices to be found throughout early medieval England, Wales, and Scotland. We will explore how memory was maintained and passed on, and the role of remembering in early medieval society. Throughout, we will see how the evolution of commemorative practices links into the wider history of Britain, between the fall of Rome and the first Viking invasions. 

Dr. Alison Leonard gained her PhD in Archaeology at the University of York, UK, specializing in Early Medieval and Viking Age archaeology. After working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Alison has returned to her hometown of Owen Sound where she continues to research and write about archaeology.

This presentation is part of our Virtual Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November. Talks take place online at 1:00 p.m. 

Image: Sutton Hoo helmet. Wikipedia; commons license. 

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