Publication – « Golden Middle Ages in Europe. New Research into Early-Medieval Communities and Identities », éd. A. Willemsen, H. Kik

Dorestad was an important harbour town in the middle of the present-day Netherlands, that had its hey-day in the Carolingian period, but was already an important settlement in the centuries before, with a famous 7th-century Frankish mint. In July 2014, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the second Dorestad congress, exactly five years after the first. This congress was attached to the exhibition ‘Golden Middle Ages: The Netherlands in the Merovingian World, 400-700 AD’ and brought together historians, archaeologists and linguists to discuss these ‘Dark Ages’, their burials and settlements, rituals and identities, and the position of the Low Countries in the world-wide networks of early-medieval Europe. Contributions in these congress proceedings are devoted to key themes like early-medieval identity and agency, so-called royal burials in Europe, significant find categories like garnets, coins and Merovingian glass, important new sites and finds from the Low Countries and recent work in the Carolingian ‘vicus famosus’ of Dorestad.

Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen is curator of the Medieval Department of the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden), where she organized the 2009 exhibition & congress on Carolingian Dorestad and the 200 exhibition & congress on the early-medieval Netherlands.

Hanneke Kik J M.A. is project manager at the same museum, and was secretary of the Dorestad Congress in 2009 and 2014.


Programme :

Settlements and Cemeteries

Michiel de Vaan – Before the birds started nesting: Linguistic diversity in the earlymedieval Low Countries
Annemarieke Willemsen – Looking for early-medieval royal graves in the Low Countries and the Rhineland
Johan Nicolay – Kingship in early-medieval ‘Frisia’: Historical versus archaeological sources
Roel Lauwerier et al. – Merovingians at Borgharen: Digging into a listed monument near Maastricht (the Netherlands)

Material Culture

Line Van Wersch – Early-medieval glass in the Middle Meuse valley: Shapes, materials and techniques
Genevra Kornbluth – Merovingian rock crystal: Practical tools and status markers
Ben Jervis – Trade, Cultural Exchange and Coastal Identities in Ea rly Anglo-Sa xon Kent: A Ceramic Perspective
Wybrand Op den Velde – The Cothen hoard as witness of the international circulation of sceattas
Anna Gannon – Series X and its international fram ework: An art historical contribution to the study of early-medieval coinage

New Research on Dorestad

Menne Kosian – Dorestad’s rise and fall: How the local landscape influenced the growth, prosperity and disappearance of an early-medieval emporium
Esther Jansma & Rowin van Lanen – The dendrochronology of Dorestad: Placing early-medieval structural timbers in a wider geographical context
Annemarieke Willemsen – Golden Ages of Dorestad: Connections and Conclusions

Informations pratiques :
Golden Middle Ages in Europe. New Research into Early-Medieval Communities and Identities, éd. A. Willemsen, H. Kik, Turnhout, Brepols, 2016. 168 p., 16 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm. ISBN: 978-2-503-55513-3. Prix : 59 euros.

Source : Brepols

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