The Bede Lecture Series: New Discoveries on Holy Island

The next talk in The Bede Lecture Series will take place on Saturday 25th February in the conference room of the Bede Museum at Jarrow Hall.

Dr David Petts, Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Northern England at Durham University will be speaking under the title “New Discoveries on Holy Island”, describing the excavations he led on Holy Island last summer, and the exciting discoveries he made.

The talk is sponsored by The Friends of Bede’s World, and there is no additional cost to attend the lecture once you’ve paid to get into the museum.

Dr Petts main research interests focus on the social archaeology of the 1st millennium AD, with a particular focus on the development of Christianity. As part of this he carried out fieldwork on the Holy Island on the site of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Lindisfarne with his collaborators DigVentures, funded through crowdfunding and a series of other grants including one from National Geographic. This excavation caught the public imagination (including the national press and the BBC four Series “Digging for Britain”) with the discovery of a early Saxon grave marker, that could have been carved when the Lindisfarne Gospels were being written, or when Bede was serving as a monk in Jarrow.

A key element of David’s work involves extensive work with local community groups to help them understand their heritage. This has involved the major involvement of local groups and individuals in excavations at Binchester, which has been supported by funding from the AHRC, English Heritage and Durham County Council. This involvement continues all year round with volunteers working with us extensively in our post-excavation programme, and even attending master classes in environmental archaeology.

*Normal Museum admission applies, Lecture is a free of charge event kindly provided by the Friends of the World according to Bede.

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