Lecture – Imagining Norfolk’s Lost Landscapes: settlements, roads and burial places

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 24/07/2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Reepham Town Hall

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Tracks and Traces 2014Talk by Trevor Ashwin (World Tree)

In Norfolk we are proud of the historic landscape we live in, surrounded by church towers and with castles, abbeys and priories, and historic towns close by. But what would Reepham’s surroundings have looked like two thousand years ago or more? If we could step back in time would we see a ‘familiar’ landscape, or one that seemed strange to us?

Norfolk’s rich medieval remains are ‘only’ up to about one thousand years old. There are great Roman sites, such as the Roman town at Caistor St Edmund – but none of these are more than about two thousand years old. Even in the time of the Romans, and of the great revolt of Boudica in AD 61, people were living in a landscape with thousands of years of history within it. In fact, we think that the first farmers were building their burial monuments in Norfolk up to six thousand years ago.

Marks in the growing crop at Wood Dalling - all that remains of a monument built by Neolithic people over 5000 years ago?

Marks in the growing crop at Wood Dalling – all that remains of a monument built by Neolithic people over 5000 years ago?

In the area around Reepham, layers of history and fascinating sites remain hidden below the ploughsoil. Burial mounds, Roman roads, the sites of lost villages … All of us (including archaeologists!) can walk, drive and cycle around for years without realising they are there at all, until some fortunate discovery is made. In this talk Trevor will describe some of these hidden places, and consider how we can learn more about them.

Everyone welcome! No need to book in advance. Admission £3 per person, £2 ages 5 – 16.

Festival of Archaeology 2014