First Dorestad congress 2009
2009: Dorestad in an international framework
In 2009, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the first large exhibition ever on Dorestad, the Carolingian emporium on the northern frontier of the Empire, in the middle of the present-day Netherlands, Dorestad: Medieval Metropolis.
At the site of the present-day small town of Wijk bij Duurstede, not far from Utrecht, large-scale excavations in the 19th and 20th Century have revealed a large, wealthy and internationally orientated harbour town. Although a well-known site in an international perspective, information on Dorestad has never been accessible to either a broad public or the scientific community.
Congress with international scholars
Whereas the exhibition opened up Dorestad to a large audience (66,000 visitors), the attached Dorestad-congress brought together over international scholars on Dorestad and its network to open up debate again about the site, the town, its material culture and its role within the worldwide network of the Early Middle Ages.
The papers from the first congress were published in 2010: A. Willemsen & H. Kik (red.), Dorestad in an international Framework, New Research on Centres of Trade and Coinage in Carolingian Times (Proceedings of the first 'Dorestad Congress' held at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, June 24-27, 2009), Turnhout 2010.
- Order volume first Dorestad-congress (€70, Brepols Publishers)
Executed programme 2009
Download full programme as pdf-file (310 kB)
Review of the volume 'first Dorestad congress' in Medieval Archaeology, 55, 2011 (page 355-356)
Poster 'Dorestad congress 2009'