Second Dorestad congress 2014
2014: The early-medieval Netherlands in an international framework
In July 2014, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the second Dorestad congress, exactly five years after the first. This congress was attached to the exhibition Golden Middle Ages: The Netherlands in the Merovingian World, 400-700 AD and brought together scholars to discuss these 'Dark Ages', their burials and settlements, rituals and identities, and the position of the Low Countries in the world-wide networks of early-medieval Europe.
Every five years
We are planning to host a Dorestad Congress every five years, based on the large Dorestad Collection of the museum and always including ongoing research on the site of early-medieval Dorestad at Wijk bij Duurstede.
Congress July 2014
The congress opened with a keynote lecture by dr. Gareth Williams (The British Museum). Sessions were devoted to key themes like early-medieval identity and agency, so-called royal burials in Europe, significant find categories like garnets, coins and Merovingian glass, important new sites and finds from the Low Countries and recent work in the Carolingian ‘vicus famosus’ of Dorestad. The congress excursion took participants to Maastricht and the Charlemagne exhibitions in Aachen.
The papers from the second congress were published in 2015: A. Willemsen & H. Kik (eds.), Golden Middle Ages in Europe: New Research into Early-Medieval Communities and Identities, Proceedings of the Second ‘Dorestad Congress’ held at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2-5 July, 2014, Turnhout 2015.
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Executed programme 2014
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