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First Dorestad congress 2009

In 2009, the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities hosted the first ever major exhibition on Dorestad, the Carolingian emporium on the northern frontier of the Empire, in the middle of the present-day Netherlands. It was entitled Dorestad: Medieval Metropolis. The exhibition was accompanied by a congress attended by international scholars on Dorestad.


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Second Dorestad congress 2014

In July 2014, the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the second Dorestad congress, five years after the first one. This congress accompanied the exhibition The Golden Middle Ages: The Netherlands in the Merovingian World, 400-700 AD.

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Conference on gems 2016

On 3 and 4 November 2016 the National Museum of Antiquities hosted the conference ‘From cylinder seals to Lippert’s dactyliotheca’. International experts discussed engraved gems, from antiquity to the present day, with a particular focus on the people associated with these objects: the engravers, users, and re-users.

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Third Dorestad congress 2019

In June 2019, the third Dorestad congress will be organized at the National Museum of Antiquities, fifty years since the famous Dorestad brooch was found. The theme of the congress is ‘Dorestad and its networks’. It opens with a keynote lecture by prof.dr. Dagfinn Skre (University of Oslo).

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