23
October
13.00-14.00
Cost: Free
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The Prittlewell Prince

The Prittlewell Prince: Life, Death and Belief in Anglo-Saxon England at the Time of St Augustine

Lecture by Ian Blair and Prof Christopher Scull FSA
 
The outstanding Anglo-Saxon burial at Prittlewell, Southend, Essex was discovered and excavated in the winter of 2003-2004 by a team from Museum of London Archaeology. The importance of the well-preserved chamber grave and its outstanding assemblage of grave goods, dating from c AD 600, was immediately apparent and prompted international academic and public interest. Drawing on the programme of study and analysis leading to full publication of the find, this lecture will review what we now know about of the chamber grave and the individual buried there, and how this changes our understanding of the early East Saxon kingdom and its place in south-east England at the dawn of English Christianity.

Christopher Scull is academic advisor to the Prittlewell project and a joint author, with Lyn Blackmore, Ian Blair and Sue Hirst (all of Museum of London Archaeology), of the definitive publication of the burial. A Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and the Department of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff University, he is a former Research Director of English Heritage and has published widely on the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England.

 

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