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19:30 - 20:30 11 November 2011

The Archaeology of Judicial Killing in Anglo-Saxon England


Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Medieval Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The presentation will review what is known of the archaeology and history of capital punishment in England before the Norman Conquest. A series of excavated execution sites is now known and they present a fascinating opportunity to explore the realities of justice in early England. Gallows were a common sight in Anglo-Saxon England, often located on the boundaries of kingdoms and local territories. Places of execution also included rivers, while human heads on poles could be found in roadside locations. In combination, place-names, archaeology and documents make it possible to vividly reconstruct the nature of justice in the Anglo-Saxon period.


Dr Stuart Brookes
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | tcrnsjb@ucl.ac.uk


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