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November Forum: Interpreting Iron Age transitioning landscapes

9th November 2023 @ 6:15 pm 7:15 pm

Interpreting Iron Age transitioning landscapes: the territory of the Catuvellauni.

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North-facing viewpoint from the northern end of the Iron Age cross dyke in Standish Wood near Randwick in Gloucestershire.

Image: North-facing viewpoint from the northern end of the Iron Age cross dyke in Standish Wood near Randwick in Gloucestershire. Photograph Ethan Doyle White, Wikimedia Commons.

About the November Forum

Presented by Michael J. Curtis

One of the challenges in landscape archaeology is to look back in time and interpret landscapes as they might have been in ancient times. For some years Michael has been studying the landscape of the Catuvellauni tribe, a late Iron Age tribe whose territory took in parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire and which encroached into Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Whilst the origins of the tribe are blurred, the manner in which the tribal landscape developed under Roman administration and governance is certainly not. This forum presentation looks at how we can reconstruct this landscape and examines the difference that it makes in the interpretation that has been advanced for some of the excavations on sites within the territory of the Catuvellauni.

About the Presenter

Michael is a landscape and coastal archaeologist. He is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, where he is studying the Roman Imperial Ports and Harbours of Crete. He has edited several volumes on Hellenistic and Roman Crete and is a joint editor of a new book series entitled ‘Cretan Studies: New Approaches and Perspectives in the Study of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Crete’ which is to be published by Oxbow Books. Michael is the lead member in a Greek-led project researching and surveying the Roman harbour at Ierapetra, in eastern Crete, and within the UK is currently engaged in research into the Catuvellauni, a late Iron Age tribe in south-eastern Britain. Michael is Chair of Northamptonshire Archaeological Society and a Trustee and Executive Board member of the Nautical Archaeology Society. His one of the founders of My Ancient World Learning Ltd, a company aimed at delivering online and classroom courses on archaeology and ancient history.

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November Forum: Interpreting Iron Age transitioning landscapes

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