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The Origins of Wessex – Archaeology and Landscape in the Upper Thames Valley, 5th-7th centuries AD

The Origins of Wessex – Archaeology and Landscape in the Upper Thames Valley, 5th-7th centuries AD

Lecture by Helena Hamerow

Given at Bingham Hall in Cirencester, on March 13, 2019

Most people are very well aware that the kingdom of the West Saxons – Wessex  -was ultimately the most successful of all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms … but a lot of people are unaware that the heartland of early Wessex wasn’t in fact around Winchester which of course became its later capital but rather it lay in the Upper Thames Valley.

Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology and former Head of the School of Archaeology at Oxford University. Click here to view her Academia.edu page.

Top Image: South England around year 600 AD – Image by Hel-hama / Wikimedia Commons



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