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Saturday 29th October 2011

10.15 - 4.00 p.m.

The Marches School OSWESTRY
Morda Road
Oswestry SY11 2AR
(On the B5069 south of central Oswestry, Parking Available)

This year's seminar takes us forward to the period after the coming of the Anglo Saxons, when warring English and Welsh kingdoms entered into shifting alliances and Pagan and Christian strove for dominance. As usual we have excellent speakers and we hope for another stimulating day.


Tickets (to include coffee/ tea, biscuits and sandwich lunch, Vegetarian options available) are obtainable by completing the booking sheet and returning together with payment of £9.50

Our contributors:
Margaret Hill BEd MPhil is an independent archaeologist with a long association with the University of Manchester where her interest in Early Medieval and Landscape History included extensive work on Offa's and Wat's dykes.

Alex Jones BA MA MIfA, former Director of Heritage Services at Birmingham Archaeology, has a background of late prehistoric and Romano- British research and directed the excavation of the Staffordshire Hoard

David Mason BA PhD FSA MIfA, now the County Archaeologist for Durham, spent many years investigating Chester's archaeology and was project director of the Heronbridge excavation. He is the author of "Roman Chester; City of the Eagles"

David Stephenson MA DPhil, Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History & Welsh History the University of Bangor is an authority on Welsh Medieval History. He has a particular interest in the northern Welsh March in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Damian Tyler BA MA PhD currently teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and also contributes to Manchester's Continuing Education Network. His research interests include Anglo Saxon kingship, Penda and Mercia.

10.15-10.30am -  Arrival, Tea/Coffee and Welcome

10.30-11.15am -  Damian Tyler: "Rex perfidus"? Penda, religion, ethnicity and imperium in seventh-century Britain

11.15-12.00pm -  David Mason: 'Mercia vs Northumbria: Aspects of Warfare in the 7th century'

12.00-1.00pm -  Lunch plus displays and/or videos
) - Displays will include updates from Oswestry and Border History and Archaeology Group, St Asaph Archaeology, and Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. Castle Books will also be on hand with a stall.

1.00-1.45pm -  Alex Jones: 'The Staffordshire Hoard: its excavation and significance'

1.45-2.30pm -  David Stephenson: Cadwallon: 'a barbarian more savage than any pagan', or the hero of Meigen, who 'brought joy to the Britons'?

2.30-3.00pm -  Tea/Coffee

3.00-3.45pm -  Margaret Hill: Oswald and Oswestry

3.50-4.00pm  -  Final Discussion

Old Oswestry Landscape and Archaeology Project
About OOLAP:

Old Oswestry Landscape and Archaeology Project is a sub-committee of Oswestry and Borders History and Archaeology group and is made up entirely of volunteers. Our first seminar in 2007 was developed as part of a partnership project run by Oswestry Borough Council, with the purpose of revitalising the area around Old Oswestry Hillfort. OOLAP developed from this project with the intention of continuing to raise the profile of Old Oswestry in continuing years. We are now completely independent and self funding.

Old Oswestry Project Web Page

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