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Image: Erik and Petra Hesmerg/Fries Museum

Professor Ian Wood will give a public lecture in Tresoar (Leeuwarden) on Thursday evening 13 september 2018. Ian Wood is professor of Early Medieval Europe, and has published several books, including the prize-winning Fragments of History: Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle Monuments.

His work also covers the transition from the Roman Period to the Early Middle Ages, the barbarian invasions, cultural continuity and transformation, Christian missionary activity and conversion, Anglo-Saxon sculpture, and the history of the Franks. 

In this one-off lecture, Ian Wood will focus specifically on the history, historiography, and cultural anthropology of the Early Medieval Frisians. He will also explain and discuss the ideas and experiences over a period of more than 25 years which have led to this new meeting in the series 'Historical Archaeoethnology'. The lecture will be given in English. 

    History, historiography and anthropology: the case of the Frisians
    When: Thursday 13 September 2018, 19.00 hrs
    Where: Tresoar (Gysbert Japicx Hall), Boterhoek 1, Leeuwarden
    Admission is free
    Registration is obligatory via e-mail: (please indicate if you come with more people)


Historical Archaeoethnology of the Early Medieval Frisians

The public lecture is part of an international symposium which is held from 11 to 14 September 2018 in the Fries Museum. In this closed (by invitation only) symposium, a number of national and international experts will gather to discuss the questions of the cultural character and distinct identity of the Early Medieval Frisians.

The results will be published in the series Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology, which has been published since 1995 by Boydell & Brewer (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England).

    When: Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September 2018
    Where: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
    Organisation: Prof.dr. John Hines (Cardiff University); Dr. Nelleke IJssennagger (National Trust); Dr. Han Nijdam (Fryske Akademy)
    Sponsors: Koninklijk Fries Genootschap; Fries Museum; Tresoar; Cardiff University; Tresoar; Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
    Contributors: Robert Flierman (Universiteit Utrecht), John Hines (Cardiff University), Nelleke IJssennagger (National Trust), Egge Knol (Groninger Museum), Gilles de Langen (Fryske Akademy, provinsje Fryslân, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Tineke Looijenga (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Bente Majchczack (Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung), Johan Nicolay (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Annet Nieuwhof (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Han Nijdam (Fryske Akademy), Arjen Versloot (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Ian Wood (Leeds University)