The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval landscape from maps and place-names
|Date||21st May 2022|
|Time||10:00 - 12:30|
|Presenter||Dr Judie English|
The Saxon period is one often looked on as difficult to research but a large body of information is available in the thousands of place-names, most of which are derived from the Old English language. The philology of the individual names is complex and best left to experts, but use of the elements of the name to examine land use, settlement patterns, routes and, in some cases, features remaining from earlier periods can inform archaeological and local history research. In addition, a perhaps surprising number of field and holding boundaries and other features constructed in the Mid- and Late-Saxon and Medieval periods survive to be shown on 19th century and later maps. This talk will use examples to illustrate land organisation from over a millennium ago.
For those living in the Worthing area this subject has been covered in a talk given to Worthing Archaeological Society.
Dr Judie English, FSA, MCIfA