Professor Paul Bennett: Investigating Early Tudor Canterbury
Saturday 29 April, 10 - 11am or 11.30am - 12.30pm, Buttermarket, CT1 2HW
Starting at the heart of Tudor Canterbury where civic and ecclesiastical space meet, this guided tour of the Buttermarket and its environs will explore the city’s history at this crucial period in Canterbury’s history. For pilgrimage to Becket’s shrine still mattered to city and cathedral alike, but other influences were also coming into play, and the influence of the English Renaissance was part of the city’s development under Henry VII and the young Henry VIII.
As the recently retired Director of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Paul has overseen numerous archaeological excavations both in this country and abroad. In addition to his main interest in the archaeology of Kent, he is an expert in classical Libyan civilisation, having worked in the country over several decades. More recently, he has expanded his overseas interests to northern Iraq, investigating the region’s prehistory. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge regarding Canterbury’s archaeology and history, and his passion for the subject has inspired professionals and amateurs alike, which was recognised in 2017 when he was awarded an MBE.
The widening of the road between the Monkton and Mount Pleasant roundabouts on the A253 led to the archaeological investigation of a 3km long strip of land between July 1994 and February 1995. Prehistoric discoveries included Neolithic inhumations and pits, well-preserved Beaker graves and ten ring-ditches of late Neolithic and Bronze Age date.
In the Foreword, Barry Cunliffe writes: "The publication of the excavation of the multi-period settlement site at Highstead near Chislet is a matter for celebration. Highstead, with its long sequence of occupation spanning the first millennium B.C. and early first millennium A.D.
This latest volume in Canterbury Archaeological Trust's Occasional Paper series describes discoveries along the route of the Whitfield-Eastry by-pass. An extensive programme of fieldwalking and evaluation investigated a number of sites: two sites were subject to full excavation.
The definitive study of humanist script in England before 1509, this book also provides an important re-interpretation of the success of Renaissance humanism. It introduces a range of Dutch, German, English and Scottish scribes in demonstrating humanism's cosmopolitanism.