Ritual Offerings in Prehistory? Understanding Bronze Age bronze and gold hoards in Britain and beyond…and why Flag Fen remains special!
Part of the Flag Fen archaeology talks
After unfortunately having to cancel the 2020 series of archaeology talks at Flag Fen, we are thrilled to be able to host them virtually this year. Thanks to funding from the government's Culture Recovery Fund, we are also able to offer the 2021 series completely free of charge.
Our second talk will be given by Dr Ben Roberts of the Archaeology Department of the University of Durham. Dr Roberts' research focuses on new objects and technologies in Europe from the Neolithic to the Early Iron Age, encompassing the Copper and Bronze Ages.
This talk will draw on recently discovered Bronze Age bronze and gold hoards in Britain and related research to explore what new insights they can give us into the lives of prehistoric communities. In particular, the talk will survey the current state of knowledge and remaining questions surrounding Later Bronze Age (c. 1600-800 BC) production, trade, identity and religion. It will argue that the duration and density of Bronze Age-Iron Age votive offerings found by the causeway at Flag Fen mean that, even in the light of several decades of new research, it remains an exceptional and important site.
This event will take place online live and will be followed by a live Q&A. The email confirming your booking will provide the link to view the talk. Questions can be submitted throughout the talk, with a selection answered at the end, time permitting.