May Meeting – Prof. Tristan Carter – Excavating Suffolk’s First Farmers

New Work at the Freston Causewayed Enclosure

On May 14th we welcome Professor Tristan Carter, Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Fortunately for us he is currently on sabbatical and living in Ipswich. Tristan will be telling us about the 2019/2021 excavations at the Freston early Neolithic causewayed enclosure on the Shotley peninsula.

The Freston causewayed enclosure, a few miles and many years away from Sutton Hoo which Helen Geake spoke to us about in April, is one of the largest Neolithic monuments in Britain, created some 6000 years ago.

Tristan has worked extensively on projects in Greece and the Middle East as well as Neolithic Britain, and led the excavations at Freston in 2019-2021 and in his talk he will explore the discovery and history of the site and its function as a centre for trade, marriages and funerals and feasting in a widely dispersed agricultural community.

You can find out more about the Freston causewayed enclosure project here.

Once again, we will be meeting at Needham Village Hall, High Road, Needham, IP20 9LB at 2.00pm on March 14th. Also once again, we’re asking you to book tickets via Eventbrite to give us an idea of numbers and to minimise cash handling.

The usual refreshments will be available.

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