INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL BLAKSTAD, CHAIRMAN OF THE EAST MEON HISTORY GROUP
The East Meon history group hosted a talk by Dr Nick Stoodley, our lead archaeologist on November 12th 2013
An audience of about 50 people (members of the History Group, representatives of other parish organisations, and guests from other villages) met in the church hall.
Guy Liardet, the chairman of the Friends of Corhampton Saxon Church (the lead charity for the ‘Saxons in the Meon Valley) and community lead for the archaeological surveys, gave a community perspective on the ‘Saxons in the Meon Valley’
Nick, in his talk (see attached), gave an overview of the period covered by his talk; early Saxon, or to be more accurate, Jutish, and the challenges facing the archaeologist in detecting signs of settlement at that time.
He explained the methods being employed in conducting archaeological surveys.
Nick rounded off with an interesting overview of East Meon’s promise as a possible location for surveys, not least because the source of the river is in the parish.
There is enthusiasm in the village and several offers of participation, for surveys in and around East Meon.”
Attached are a copy of NickStoodleyTalkatEastMeon_12Nov13 and Notes on Nick Stoodley’s talk ‘Surveying for Saxons’ by Michael Blakstad, chairman of the history group.
Below is a video of the event.
Similar events are being hosted in the other villages in the Meon Valley.
This video captures the excitement of the day; it was filmed and produced by the Meon Valley Saxon project film maker, Steve Hammal of Dark Skies Productions
We even featured in the press! Click on the pictures to see a close-up.
This image is of a model of East Meon, a ‘typical’ Domesday Village, The model was made in 1986 (900 years after the publishing of the Domesday Book) to illustrate a typical village of the time, in the 900th commemoration of the Domesday in Winchester Great Hall.
William 1 of England (and the Duke of Normandy) commissioned the Domesday survey and book from Winchester.
Although East Meon has no buildings surviving from that time, its layout has not changed and the model probably shows the layout of the village in the late Saxon era … which came to an end with the Norman Conquest in 1066.
After the exhibition in Winchester the model was sold to La Musée de la Tapisserie in Bayeux in Normandy. It is now on display in the same building as the great Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hasting and the Norman Conquest.
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