Dorestad and Everything After

January 2024, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden will again host the international congress on Dorestad, the Carolingian emporium in the present-day Netherlands. The quintennial Dorestad Congress brings together scholars to debate this site and its counterparts in Europe, as well as the material culture, urbanisation and environment of the Early Middle Ages. This edition coincides with the exhibition The Year 1000, on the Netherlands in the 10th and 11th century.

  • date: January 24-27, 2024
  • time: 9:00 – 17:00
  • location: Leemanszaal, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (location and travel directions)
  • costs: € 200 (regular), € 100 (students)
    Includes lunch and coffee/tea on 25 and 26 January, and conference dinner on 25 January. Excursion not included: price, program and registration to be announced later.

Register and pay

  • You can register and pay for this symposium via the museum’s ticket website.
    After registration the congress secretary will send more information.


The congress opens with a keynote lecture by Dr. Nelleke IJssennagger-van der Pluijm (Frisian Academy, Leeuwarden), on Vikings, Frisians and others in a North Sea World. Sessions are devoted to Dorestad and its aftermath, recent excavations at Carolingian and Viking sites, and to travelling, material culture and coinage around the Millennium. There is an open call for posters, a congress dinner and an optional excursion to Wijk bij Duurstede, site of Dorestad, and/or Utrecht around 1000 AD.

Call for posters

We are now inviting proposals on subjects related to the conference. Submissions should include a title, summary (max. 200 words) and bio (max. 50 words). Please submit your poster proposals by a message to Annemarieke Willemsen and Hanneke Kik by 10 January 2024. Limited space available.

Final programme

Wednesday 24 January 2024

20:00 | Keynote Lecture (Temple Hall)
Dr. Nelleke IJsssennagger-van der Pluijm, Director of the Fryske Akademy (Frisian Academy) in Leeuwarden
Leaving behind Dorestad: The North Sea World of Frisians, Vikings and others

Thursday 25 January 2024

10:00 | Welcome
10:30 | (Leemans Room) Introduction

Recent Research in the (Post-) Carolingian world
11:00 | Dr. Inès Leroy, Université de Louvain-la-Neuve/Centre de Recherches d’Archéologie Nationale
Quentovic and after. Early medieval occupation on the banks of the Canche
11:30 | Dr. Volker Hilberg, Schloss Gottorf
Hedeby and Denmark around the year 1000
12:00 | Alex Harvey MA, York Museums Trust
Frisian Migrations to Lincolnshire

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch break

Coin Circulation 800 – 1100
13:30 | Rev.Dr. Simon Coupland
After Dorestad: silver and gold in Carolingian Frisia 850 – 950
14:00 | Prof.dr. Jos Benders, University of Trondheim
Circulation of coins 900 – 1100

14:30 – 15:00 | Tea break

15:00 | Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen, National Museum of Antiquities
Towards The Year 1000

15:30 | Poster presentations and tea break
16:00 – 17:45 | Private visit to the exhibition The Year 1000
18:00 | Congress dinner at restaurant Het Prentenkabinet, Leiden

Friday 26 January 2024

Over the Alps
10:00 | Second keynote: Prof.dr. Andrea Augenti, Università di Bologna
Ravenna to Cervia. Birth, Death and Renewal of Cities in North-Eastern Italy around the Year 1000
11:00 | Pleun van Lieshout BA, Utrecht University
Pilgrimage to Rome around the Year 1000
11:30 | Olivia Romijn MA
Exotic objects in treasuries in Rome and surroundings

12:15 – 13:15 | Lunch break

Around the Millennium
13:30 | Maurice Janssen MA, SAGA/Limburgs Museum
South Limburg ceramics chronology and a 10th century hiatus
14:00 | Dr. Pieterjan Deckers, Catholic University of Leuven
Early to late medieval urbanism on the island of Walcheren, Zeeland

14:30 – 15:00 | Tea break

New Research on Dorestad
15:00 | Mette Langbroek MA, Leiden University
Networking the Beads from Dorestad
15.30 | Dr. Christian Cooijmans, University of Liverpool
The Afterlives of Dorestad: Late Medieval Memories of an Erstwhile Emporium
16:00 | Channa Cohen Stuart MA, Municipality of Wijk bij Duurstede
Plans for Dorestad

16:30 | Connections and conclusions, farewell

Saturday 27 January 2024

Optional congress excursion to Wijk bij Duurstede and/or Utrecht