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Dorestad and its networks

In 2019, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden will again host the international congress on Dorestad, the Carolingian emporium in the present-day Netherlands. This is exactly ten years after the first Congress, and fifty years since the famous Dorestad brooch was found. The Dorestad Congress brings together scholars to debate about this site and its counterparts in Europe, as well as the material culture, urbanisation and environment of the Early Middle Ages.

For more information or questions, please contact mrs. Hanneke Kik: h.kik@rmo.nl

About the programme

The congress opens with a keynote lecture by prof.dr. Dagfinn Skre (University of Oslo) on the beginnings of the Viking Age. Sessions are devoted to Dorestad and its landscapes, recent excavations at Carolingian and Viking sites, early-medieval wealth, early urbanism, and swords. A special session on early-medieval glass is in remembrance of prof.dr. Ina Isings (1919-2018). There is an open poster call, a congress dinner, and an optional excursion to the archaeological theme park Archeon.

Subscription and information

Congress fee: € 150 (€ 100 for students). For full programme, online subscription form and more information see: www.rmo.nl/congress


Wednesday 12 June 2019

20.00 Keynote Lecture (Temple Hall) by Dagfinn Skre, Professor of Iron Age and Viking Age Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo: The Beginning of the Viking Age in the West.

Thursday 13 June 2019

10.00 Welcome, tea, coffee
10.30 (Leemans Room) Introduction

Landscapes of Dorestad
11.00 Menne Kosian, Cultural Heritage Agency – Water as a landscape factor for settlement in Dorestad and Wijk bij Duurstede
11.30 Rowin van Laanen, Cultural Heritage Agency – Getting goods from afar: Reconstructing changes in early-medieval long distant transport
12.00 Raphaël Panhuijsen, University of Amsterdam – The funerary landscape of Dorestad

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Recent excavations of Carolingian & Viking sites
13.30 Menno Dijkstra, University of Amsterdam – Timber! Opening up the landscape of Carolingian Leiderdorp
14.00 Volker Hilberg, Schloss Gottorf – Revealing Carolingian and post-Carolingian Hedeby: From field surveys to systematic metal-detecting and small-scale excavations
14.30 Sarah Croix, Aarhus University – Ribe’s emporium: some recent excavations
15.00 Ailsa Mainman, York Archaeological Trust/University of York – Life and Death in Anglian York

15.30-16.00 Tea break

Wealth before Dorestad
16.00 Frans Theuws, Leiden University – Rural Riches: Between the Romans and Dorestad
16.30 Joep Hendriks, Municipality of Nijmegen – The Merovingian cemetery of Lent-Lentseveld: Between North and South
17.00 Martine van Haperen, Leiden University – Standing on the shoulders of Joachim Henning: An update on early medieval artisanal production

17.30 Poster session, guided visit to exhibitions in RMO on glass & medieval gardens
19.00 Congress dinner at restaurant Het Prentenkabinet, Leiden

Friday 14 June 2019

Urban after Dorestad
09.30 Arjan den Braven, Leiden University – Charlemagne’s palace at Nijmegen: Defining a royal landscape
10.00 Arno Verhoeven, University of Amsterdam – From Dorestad to Tiel: continuity and change in the structure of trade and settlement
10.30 Marcel IJsselstein, Leiden University – Beyond the planned/unplanned dichotomy. The development of the town plan of Utrecht until c. 1560

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

Dorestad & the Vikings
11.30 Christian Cooijmans, University of Edinburgh – Viking Dorestad: A Haven for Hydrarchy?
12.00 Nelleke IJssennagger -Van der Pluijm, The National Trust – Vikings beyond Dorestad: The Frisian coastal area and the Viking sphere
12.30 Mark Hall, Perth Museums – Trading games? Playing with/without the Vikings in Dorestad

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

Frankish & Viking Swords
14.00 Annemarieke Willemsen, National Museum of Antiquities – Mixed emotions: The swords of Dorestad
14.30 Dušan Maczek, Masaryk University Brno – Non-funerary sword depositions in Carolingian Europe
15.00 Ingo Petri, Museum & Park Kalkriese – Form follows function: About the use of early medieval swords

15.30-16.00 Tea break

Early-medieval glass – Session in Remembrance of Ina Isings
16.00 Yvette Sablerolles & Julian Henderson, University of Nottingham – Beakers, beads and stained window glass: Carolingian glass finds from Leiderdorp, Susteren and Dorestad-Veilingterrein
16.30 Rose Broadley, Canterbury Archaeological Trust – Early medieval glass from the emporium at Ipswich
17.00 Michael Dodt & Andreas Kronz, University of Bonn – Production of early medieval glasses in Cologne and their export via Dorestad

Saturday June 15

Optional congress excursion to Archaeological Theme Park Archeon at Alphen aan den Rijn. Visit to Archaeology House, reconstructed section of Dorestad & park. Transport, coffee & lunch included.

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