- By Megan Dennis. (Megan is an Iron Age Specialist with the Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service)
Megan Dennis gave a very interesting talk on the Iceni tribe that dominated Norfolk and followed their fortunes by a study of their precious artefacts. The talk was lavishly illustrated by examples of the silver and gold coins and the bullion that date from that time.The traditional image is of backward, hostile, bluepainted hordes led by a red-haired fury. Unlike the Celtic sophisticates of the South East, with their wheel-thrown tablewares and imported wines, the Norfolk Iceni were rural primitives. Or were they? Megan Dennis, specialist in Late Iron Age metalwork, pays tribute to the high culture of Boudica's people.
The Iceni are famous for two things - Boudica and gold. Little else is known of this society that existed in the shadow-lands between the Iron Age and the Roman periods in Norfolk, Suffolk, and north-east Cambridgeshire. Archaeological evidence seems to suggest they were bumbling and backward compared to their southern neighbours.
New research has revealed evidence for a complex society, fascinating politics, and above all a lively and fast-changing relationship with near neighbours, with the Continent, and with Rome.
The talk was well recieved by the audience and was an excellent climax to a year of very stimulating talks.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
WNKLAS In The News
The society has been in the local Newspapers recently in coverage of the conference to celebrate our 50year anniversary and also the presentation to John Smallwood one of the founders.
King John's Treasure
The society's investigation of a local farm contributed to a programme made for US television as part of the Expidition Unknown series. This systematic survey of an area that was a likely route for the Royal Treasure was also the subject of a recent lecture evening.