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Excavations at Glastonbury Abbey, 1908-79: reassessing the medieval monastery

Excavations at Glastonbury Abbey, 1908-79: reassessing the medieval monastery

Paper given by Roberta Gilchrist

Delivered at the Society of Antiquaries of London on 06 January 2016

This paper shares the results of the archaeological excavations at Glastonbury Abbey; specifically, thirty-six seasons of excavations, which took place between 1904 and 1979 and the results of which haven’t been published until November 2015.

It first takes a look at some of the histories and the legends which have coloured previous assumptions about the archaeology of Glastonbury before introducing the archaeological project and discussing some of the insights that it has delivered.


Professor Roberta Gilchrist is Research Dean at the University of Reading. Click here to view an excerpt from her book, Glastonbury Abbey: archaeological investigations 1904-79.

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