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An Evening with Professor Francis Pryor MBE & Booksigning

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The Brewery Tap - The Old Brewery Room

80 Westgate

Peterborough

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Spend an evening in the company of Francis Pryor MBE. Famously known to many as the discoverer of Flag Fen Bronze Age Settlement in Peterborough and a regular contributor to the extremely popular and long running Channel 4 TV programme Time Team. Francis has not only had a wide and varied career as an Archaeologist and Writer, but also as a Farmer and now Gardener. His contributions to television, radio and via his online blog makes Francis a fascinating individual and most entertaining public speaker. The event will captivate, educate and make for a uniquely different evening in his company.

Francis will present an entertaining and illustrative talk from his wide experiences as a Fenland Archaeologist and introduce to you his latest book 'Fenland: The Silt and The Black' which will be followed by a booksigning opportunity, all in the convivial surroundings of the 'Old Brewery Room' at Peterborough's famously historical Brewery Tap.

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Fenland: The Silt and The Black

Over the centuries the Fens have acquired a bad reputation. They have been seen as the disease-ridden haunts of outlaws and villains; the only permanent inhabitants being a few emaciated hermit-monks on tiny islands amidst the quaking wetlands. This talk, which is based on my new book, Fenland: The Silt and The Black will offer a very different view.

Half a century of intensive archaeological research has conclusively demonstrated that far from being a neglected backwater, the Fens were one of the most prosperous regions in Britain. This prosperity began when hunting communities inland from the Wash were able to exploit fish, game and wildfowl in increasingly wetter conditions. The arrival of farming in the Neolithic period (4000 BC) saw the population grow. By 2500 BC field systems were laid out. This process of landscape development continued through the subsequent Bronze and Iron Ages. By the Roman period there were towns and numerous smaller settlements. The area was never abandoned in post-Roman times and there is no evidence for any Anglo-Saxon invasions. The medieval economy that has bequeathed us three of the finest cathedrals in Europe, at Ely, Lincoln and Peterborough, grew directly from what had gone before. In post-medieval times, helped by the rise of Cambridge University, Fenland towns, such as Spalding and Wisbech became important centres for Quakers, liberal ideas, and the anti-slavery movement. Finally I will address the difficult question of the Fens’ future – or lack of one.



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