This year’s AGM will be held at Lavenham village Hall/ Library on Friday 16th March, 7pm for 7.30pm.
The talk will be about Spong Hill and the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain
by Dr Catherine Hills
”They came from three of the strongest tribes in Germany, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes.” This apparently simple statement by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century has been debated for centuries. Are the English descended from invading Germans, unlike the truly British Welsh, Scots and Irish? Or, were there just a few chieftains with their warbands? Archaeological evidence has been used to answer this question in both directions. In this lecture the finds from a large fifth-century cemetery at Spong Hill, North Elmham, Norfolk, will be discussed in the context of this debate.
Dr Catherine Hills has researched and taught the archaeology of early medieval Europe for many years. She directed the excavations at Spong Hill in the 1970s, presented archaeology programmes on channel 4 in the 1980s and was a lecturer at Cambridge University from 1977 to her retirement in 2014.