Religious conflict, power struggles and the origins of Hitchin
8 July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
‘Anglo-Saxon’ potsherds found in Pirton in 2018
Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, Museum Curator and Heritage Access Officer, brings his current research into the archaeology of North Hertfordshire to a wider audience. Discussing archaeological discoveries old and new, he looks at how centres of power moved around within a long-established landscape, with a market focus at Baldock at the start of the first millennium AD giving way to a town at Hitchin by its end. During this time, new settlers continued to arrive and bring new ways of doing things with them. The talk explores how conflict between the traditional religions of the region and the arrival of Christianity by the fourth century may have been one of the driving forces behind the changes.
This is part of the North Herts Museum Festival Lecture Series, organised for the Hitchin Festival 2019. All tickets need to be booked through the Festival Box Office (open 10.00 am – 3.00 pm) at Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HR, Telephone 01462 453335.