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18:15 - 20:00 6 February 2012

Institute of Archaeology 75th Anniversary Inaugural lecture


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31-34 Gordon Square | WC1H 0PY |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Medieval Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Andrew Reynolds is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology. Following undergraduate (BA Medieval Archaeology 1993) and postgraduate (PhD 1998) study there, he has been on the staff of the Institute since 1996. His research concerns the emergence, structure and development of civil society in Europe with a focus on the period between the collapse of the Roman Empire up to the Renaissance. Although trained as an archaeologist, his approach is fully interdisciplinary.

‘Nasty, Brutish, and Short’? Re-making the Early Middle Ages.

This presentation examines conceptions of England and Europe in the period following the end of the Roman Empire in the west. This era is often viewed as a slow recovery of civil society, even though it laid the foundations for modern Europe. The research presented covers topics long considered beyond the reach of archaeological enquiry, but which are central to understanding the institutions and social complexity of medieval and ultimately modern society. Original perspectives are offered on the archaeology and history of the judicial process, governance, and travel and communication, which together reveal a powerful case study with a wider relevance to understanding human behaviour.


Kelly Trifilo
+44 (0)20 7679 7483 | k.trifilo@ucl.ac.uk


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