The Brecks

One of the great natural areas of Britain

2.4 River Raiders

Aims and objectives 

Exploring the stories of key elements in the Brecks’ landscape history through a series of research and fieldwork projects delivered by Breckland Society volunteers, including research and practical field work, celebratory booklets, exhibitions, and online resources, this project will: 

Explore the Use of the Brecks Rivers as corridors for movement and trade pre-1066 

Uncover the history and impact of Vikings in the Brecks 

Raise awareness of these stories through new interpretation, written and on-line material 

Create more of a sense of place, and awareness of the importance of the landscape features and heritage. 

 

Delivery Lead 

The Breckland Society 

Summary 

This project will focus on exploring the story of a key yet little-known chapter in the Brecks’ landscape’s history through a research and fieldwork project delivered by Breckland Society volunteers.  
  
It will explore the history and impact of the Vikings in the Brecks; they arrived via the area's rivers and in 864/65 overwintered on the banks of the Little Ouse at Thetford. It was from here that they launched their successful campaign first across East Anglia and then right across England.  

The activities undertaken will include archival research and practical fieldwork, resulting in an illustrated report, interpretation panel and online resources 

Viking Longboats

Events:

Anglo-Saxon and Viking East Anglia

September 30th 10.30-12.30 via Zoom

An overview of the historical and archaeological evidence for the Viking presence in East Anglia, and the Breckland area. This is the first event of the Breckland Society’s latest project – River Raiders.

This FREE 2-hour seminar presents an overview of the historical and archaeological evidence for the Viking presence in East Anglia, and the Breckland area in particular. There will be a significant emphasis on the role which Thetford played as a Viking camp and later Anglo-Scandinavian township in which the Viking army overwintered before defeating Edmund in battle in AD 869.

The presenter is Dr Richard Hoggett, a landscape archaeologist and recognised authority on Anglo-Saxon and Viking East Anglia andis being delivered by the Breckland Society as part of the Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership scheme

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK VISIT: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anglo-saxon-and-viking-east-anglia-tickets-120445446573

 

Reading the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Landscape

October 21st 10.30-12.30 via Zoom

Examining the archaeological and historical evidence for the settlement and integration of the Vikings into East Anglian life and culture

This FREE 2-hour seminar looks at the archaeological and historical evidence for the longer-term settlement and integration of the Vikings into East Anglian life and culture during the later part of the Anglo-Saxon period. This includes the rich source of evidence offered by the region’s place-names and the material evidence for the adoption of Viking art styles recognised in artefacts from this period.

The presenter is Dr Richard Hoggett, a landscape archaeologist and recognised authority on Anglo-Saxon and Viking East Anglia.

This is the second event of the Breckland Society’s latest project – River Raiders and is being delivered by the Breckland Society as part of the Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership scheme

The seminar will be held online via Zoom; there will be a short break about 11.30am. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK VISIT:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reading-the-anglo-saxon-and-viking-landscape-tickets-120450754449

If you'd like to get involved in this project contact us for more information or to be added to the project mailing list: bfer.admin@suffolk.gov.uk

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Events Calendar

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