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First Dorestad congress 2009

In 2009, the National Museum of Antiquities 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. The attached congress brought international scholars on Dorestad together.

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Second Dorestad congress 2014

In July 2014, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the second Dorestad congress, five years after the first. This congress was attached to the exhibition 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 organized the conference From cylinder seals to Lippert’s dactyliotheca. International experts discussed engraved gems, from antiquity to the present day with special attention for 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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