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an evening lecture by Dr Alex Langlands
For centuries, Wansdyke has evaded interpretation by antiquarians and archaeologists. Even the name, derived from the god Woden, suggests that in our earliest record of its existence its origins were considered mythical and legendary. Drawing on the latest research, this talk will examine the monument in critical detail, exploring its scale, location, and likely historical context. What emerges is a monument of profound importance to our understanding of the early medieval period and the formation of Wessex. Finally, Woden’s association with the monument will be given fresh review in light of changing perceptions of early medieval belief systems.
Dr Alex Langlands is an archaeologist, historian, and broadcaster with a specialism in the archaeology and history of the medieval landscape of Wessex. He has undertaken numerous research projects and excavations in Wiltshire and Wessex, including at Old Sarum and Wansdyke, and his book The Ancient Ways of Wessex makes the case for a complex network of routeways in Wessex in the early medieval period.
This lecture is being held in conjunction with the Wessex Airscapes: Elevating Wiltshire exhibition on display at Wiltshire Museum from 8 July to 15 October 2023.
Tickets: £10 (£8 WANHS members; £5 students) – booking essential.
Date: Tuesday 12 September
Time: Start 7.30 pm
Location: Wiltshire Museum (we are not able to make this a 'hybrid' event)
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