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London and Exeter (Axe Valley Branch)

Wed. 19 February 2020 at 2:30 pm

£1 – £3

A talk “London and Exeter: a tale of two Roman and Saxon cities” by Dr Peter Marsden.

(following are key points from Dr Marsden’s website petermarsden.net)

London and Exeter are two important cities on opposite corners of southern Britain. Both were founded by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, one as the capital of the Roman province of Britain, and the other the tribal capital of the regional native British Dumnonii. Archaeological exploration shows that they shared much, but had important differences. Both were deserted at the end of Roman times soon after AD 400, and both were re-established by the Saxons – possibly in different ways. After having discovered much in Roman London, I recently moved to near Exeter and have been able to compare the first thousand years of the history of the two cities with fascinating results.

Dr Marsden is an archaeologist, now retired to the Exeter area, who from the 1960’s onwards worked in London. On retiring from the Museum of London he carried out research on many historic ships to reconstruct our maritime past. He founded the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings in 1986. He has a Doctorate in Archaeology from Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is the author of books and many articles.

Entrance: Donation £1 (DA Members), £3 (Non Members).


Wed. 19 February 2020
2:30 pm
£1 – £3
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