This conference is centred on the eleventh century, with a particular concern with Norman expansion. Papers are addressing the problem of recognizing in archaeological terms the Norman Conquest of England, and of other parts of these islands.
The conference will examine the full range of material culture: landscape, environment, settlements (rural and urban), buildings, fortifications, churches and religious houses, burial, sculpture, artefacts, pottery, dress and diet.
The papers will examine whether the 11th century was a period of continuity or if changes, large and small, can be traced. If so, speakers will examine whether developments be linked with the political and social upheavals that are traditionally associated with Norman expansionism? Or were there alternative dynamics at work?