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‘Minster, Manor and Town – Excavations at Berkeley Castle 2004-19’

Talk by Dr Stuart Prior

This Zoom Talk will investigate the 15-year-long University of Bristol excavations and landscape research at the Berkeley Castle estate in south Gloucestershire. The excavation project aimed to build up a detailed picture of the history and archaeology of the castle and the associated settlement of Berkeley. The focus for the project can best be described as ‘Minster, Manor and Town’. By combining the results of detailed archaeological fieldwork with information contained in the castle’s impressive collection of 20,000 historical documents, the project adds to the knowledge and understanding of the early medieval period and the subsequent changes in landscape and society that occurred with the coming of the Normans and the erection of a castle on the former minster site. Dr Stuart Prior will cover many aspects from the excavations around Berkeley Castle and town and will also include a look at the trenches excavated in the Jenner museum garden as well as aspects of Community Archaeology undertaken with the Berkeley residents.

Information about Stuart’s publication ‘Berkely Castle Tales’ (ed. Mark Horton, Stuart Prior and Konstantinos P. Trimmis) can be found HERE.  

PLEASE NOTE: Our digital talks are accessible exclusively to members of the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. If you would like to join (for £15 per year) your support would be hugely appreciated during these difficult times. As a member you will receive the details for joining all our digital talks via Zoom! 

Date(s) - 24/02/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery


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