Dr Sam Lucy: Women, status and religion in 7th-century eastern Britain: the Trumpington Cross in context

Speaker: Dr Sam Lucy

Sam specialises in later Roman and Anglo-Saxon archaeology, and is particularly interested in periods of cultural and social transition. She is the author of The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death (2000), co-editor of Burial in Early Medieval England and Wales (2002) and has published several major site monographs since 2002 with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. These include the sites at Trumpington, as well as work with colleagues on the chronology of the Spong Hill cremation cemetery, and on the Roman settlement and cemeteries at Mucking Essex. She is also Deputy Senior Tutor and Admissions Tutor of Newnham College.

Synopsis: In this talk, she will discuss the developer-funded excavations at Trumpington, with a particular focus on the unusual burial sequence, which included a bed burial with a gold and garnet neck cross, setting the discoveries into the broader context of women, status and religion in 7th-century eastern Britain. The cross is currently on display at The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, until the 14th of April, 2024 (do visit).



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24 Jan 2024


2:15 pm


Wednesday Lecture - online and U3AC, Pink room. Places for in person attendance must be pre-booked. Bookings open from 7 days before the lecture.