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IOTAS Archaeological Studies Lecture Course 2017

Transitions in History, Archaeology and Myth: how did traditions change or survive?

13 March:    1. The chosen few: Medway Megaliths – were Neolithic tombs burial places of elites, war-dead  or sacrifices? Looking at evidence for a clash of faiths in Neolithic Britain.

10 April:   2. Broken circles: The End of the Bronze Age in Thanet and Kent – rituals and sites, and the  coming of Iron. Might climate change have brought about the collapse of Bronze Age society?

8 May:   3. Pontifex Maximus: Julius Caesar in Kent – the impact of the Romans on British language,  culture and religion. How much did the Roman occupation really change the native Britons?

12 June:   4. Gods, heroes or mercenaries?: Hengist and Horsa – Anglo-Saxon paganism and the coming  of the English. Are the first English heroes mythical or rooted in reality as Tolkien believed?

10 July:   5. Domneva’s Deer: Saints and heroes – possible Pagan survivals in local hagiography. We look  at the miracle tales of the early Christian saints – did they incorporate aspects of an older faith?

 11 Sept:   6. Dissolution: The history of St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury: The rise and fall of Monasticism in Kent from Augustine to Henry VIII.

 9 Oct:   7. The Six Witches of Maidstone: The witch-trials of the 1600’s – origins, theories and facts. We look at documentary evidence of the trials and the social phenomena behind the persecutions.

13 Nov:   8. The Hooden Horse: folk tradition or pagan survival? Analysis of a Kentish Christmas custom  – do the roots of such traditions countrywide predate Christianity?

Lecturer – John Grigsby has lectured in archaeology and myth for the University of Kent, worked for English Heritage for 15 years and is now working for Canterbury Archaeological Trust while writing his PhD on Stonehenge with Tim Darvill

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Fee for all eight lectures £80: individual lectures £12, including refreshments and course materials. Under 18s (minimum age 16): all eight lectures £65, individual lectures £10 each. Course sessions are held in the hall at Crampton. Each session runs from 7.00-9.00 pm.

Limited places – book early! For course details and enrolment: mail@iotas.org.uk , message us on our Facebook page (Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society), write to IOTAS at our address below, or register here:                                        Lecture Course 2017 – enrolment form

Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society Room B, Crampton Tower Yard High Street, Broadstairs Kent CT10 2AB www.iotas.org.uk Registered Charity No.275659

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