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22 June - Annual General Meeting and Lecture
Wednesday 23rd June 2021

4.15 pm: Annual General Meeting via Zoom (members only)
(Registration is required in advance. Please email admin [at] royalarchinst.org.)

5 pm Lecture: The Staffordshire Hoard and the History of Seventh-Century England
by Professor Barbara Yorke (LIVE STREAM and RECORDED: The YouTube link will be sent to members in June.)

The publication of The Staffordshire Hoard. An Anglo-Saxon Treasure, ed. Chris Fern, Tania Dickinson and Leslie Webster (Society of Antiquaries, 2019) was a milestone in the study of the hoard, some ten years after the hoard’s discovery in Staffordshire by a metal-detectorist. The volume is first and foremost a catalogue of the remarkable finds. Some background chapters were provided, but there was not the space to explore fully its potential for illuminating the history of seventh-century England. This lecture will give a historian’s perspective on how the hoard develops our understanding of topics such as kingship, overlordship, warfare, assemblies, the impact of Christianity and the world of heroic verse. Many mysteries will remain and often a range of possible interpretations has to be kept in mind, but the hoard has much to add to the dialogue between written sources and archaeological evidence for the formative and fast-moving period of the seventh century.

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