New perspectives on the medieval agricultural revolution

07.12 - 08.12.2020  
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Feeding Anglo-Saxon England

The "Feeding Anglo-Saxon England" project team is excited to announce a virtual conference "New perspectives on the medieval agricultural revolution", to be held online, by video link, on 7 and 8 December 2020.

Speakers will explore how archaeobotanical, palynological, zooarchaeological, and biomolecular analyses enable us to reconstruct farming regimes from across medieval England and beyond.


The latest research into medieval farming has produced the first direct evidence for the conditions in which medieval cereals were grown. At this conference, speakers will explore how the analysis of excavated plant and animal remains enables us to reconstruct medieval farming regimes.

This conference will be an online event, with speakers presenting via video link. Everyone is welcome to attend from the comfort of their own computer. No specialist software is required, just a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection.


All times are in GMT.

Monday 7 December
09:30 - Introduction: Feeding Anglo-Saxon England - Helena Hamerow, University of Oxford
10:00 - The 'extensification' of medieval farming - Amy Bogaard, University of Oxford
10:30 - Crop rotation - Elizabeth Stroud, University of Oxford
11:00 - Discussion
11:15 - Break
11:30 - The spread of the mouldboard plough - Matilda Holmes, University of Leicester
12:00 - Feeding the Upper Thames valley: a regional case study - Mark McKerracher, University of Oxford
12:30 - Discussion
12:45 - Lunch break
14:00 - Land use in England: pasture versus arable - Emily Forster, University of Oxford
14:30 - Revolting Revolutions? The challenge and potential of integrating zooarchaeological and archaeobotanical evidence - Richard Thomas, University of Leicester
15:00 - Malting, brewing and beer in Anglo-Saxon England - Hannah Caroe, University of Oxford
15:30 - Discussion
15:45 - Break
16:00 - Keynote lecture: Open fields and the 'revolution': some queries - Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia

Tuesday 8 December
10:00 - An 'agricultural revolution' and a new village: Sedgeford, Norfolk and the Mid Saxon political economy - Neil Faulkner, Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project
10:30 - Cereal farming in Roman Britain: new approaches - Lisa Lodwick, University of Oxford
11:00 - Discussion
11:15 - The expansion of cereal farming in continental North-West Europe, c. 800-1200 - Nicolas Schroeder, Université Libre de Bruxelles
11:45 - Cattle and tillage in early medieval Europe. Results from the Lauresham Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology, Germany - Claus Kropp, Lauresham Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology
12:15 - Discussion and closing remarks


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