Colonising Inlands: Later Prehistoric and Roman North West Cambridge

with Christopher Evans
Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

7.30 pm on Monday 26thth April 2021 by Zoom.

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Talk Synopsis:

Some of you may have relatively recently visited the open days at Eddington situated between Huntingdon Rd and Madingley Road and seen for yourself the excavations.  These revealed occupation of north west Cambridge from 3500 to 1500 years ago from  Bronze Age burials to a high-status Roman Villa, alongside what was the main Roman Road from Colchester to Cambridge and through the midlands to Chester – a superhighway of its time..

This talk will outline the results of more than 20 years of fieldwork in the University’s West Cambridge lands. Focusing on the importance of water-supply resourcing, it will address the dynamics of inland colonization during the Bronze Age and the nature of its subsequent Iron Age utilization. It will also review the many Roman-Period settlements that have now been dug there. Including a villa, eight farmsteads and a major roadside centre, the programme has provided major insights into Roman Cambridge’s hinterlands. Indeed, it now amount to one of the most comprehensive excavation programmes of the Roman countryside anywhere undertaken.

The images at the top of the page illustrate archaeology recovered at North West Cambridge. From left to right a Bronze Age ring monument to commemorate the dead and associated with cremated remains, an Iron Age coin of the Iceni tribe, a Roman cremation burial urn and fragments of Roman building materials.

Speaker Biography:

Having worked in British archaeology for over forty years, Christopher Evans co-founded The Cambridge Archaeological Unit, together with Ian Hodder, in 1990. He has directed a wide variety of major fieldwork projects, both abroad (Nepal, China & Cape Verde) and in UK, most recently publishing the results of the Haddenham Project in 2006, the South Cambridge/Addenbrooke’s Environs (2008), Fengate Revisited (2010), the Colne Fen Project’s Process and History volumes (2013), Mucking’s Prehistory (Lives in Land, 2016) and Trumpington Meadows’ sequence (Riversides 2018). Elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2000) and to the British Academy (2018), he is a member of editorial board of The Bulletin of the History of Archaeology and, together with Tim Murray, edited Histories of Archaeology: A Reader in the History of Archaeology for Oxford University Press (2008).



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