For our second online research seminar, we invited researchers, students and enthusiasts to join us and our panel of distinguished experts* as we discussed our recent excavations of middle Bronze Age settlement sites from across southern Britain. The years between 1500–1150 BC have often been seen as a key period of change in later prehistory. Settlements and field systems become more visible in the archaeological record, in what has been characterised as a time of ‘settling down’, or even a ‘second agricultural revolution’. It may be a good time to reassess these ideas, as sites are being discovered in regions where few or none were known before, and regional diversity is becoming more apparent.
We presented exciting new results from sites that shed light on this important period, including Clay Farm near Cambridge; the Norwich Northern Distributor Road in Norfolk; Wallingford in the Thames Valley; Bridgwater Gateway in Somerset; and Eastbourne in Sussex.
*Chairman: John Barrett. Panellists: Anwen Cooper, Robert Johnston, Jacky Nowakowski.
This seminar is now over, but a video of the event can be viewed below or via YouTube.