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The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Since 1863

For everyone interested in Yorkshire's past

Lost Villages Found – an online conference

A conference to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of archaeologist and historian Professor Maurice Beresford (1920-2005).

  • Event Start Date: 23/10/2021 14:00 - 17:30

The conference will celebrate Professor Beresford's work on what were once called deserted medieval villages and highlight some aspects of more recent study of medieval rural settlements under the title 'Lost Villages Found'.

Saturday 23rd October 2021, from 2.00 to 5.30 pm, to be facilitated by Zoom.

There will be a charge of £10 (or £5 for YAHS Medieval Studies Section members) and all conference participants will receive a copy of a special edition of Medieval Yorkshire with a focus on Professor Beresford including reprints of some of his ground-breaking articles, and an introduction by Dr Helen Fenwick.


2.00 pm - Welcome: Dr Axel Muller, Chair of YAHS Medieval Studies Section

2.10 pm - Introduction: Maurice Beresford's 'Journey' to Wharram Percy, Professor David Stocker

2.30 pm - Wharram Percy 1950 to date, Dr Paul Stamper

3.00 pm - Maurice Beresford and the Medieval Village Group Archive: listing deserted medieval villages, Dr Helen Fenwick

3.30 pm – Opportunity for questions, followed by comfort break

4.00 pm – The Material Culture of English Rural Households c1250–1600, Dr Ben Jervis

4.30 pm – Straight from their mouth: Insights into food consumption and living environments at Wharram Percy from calcified dental plaque, Sarah Delaney

5.00 pm – Opportunity for questions

5.20 pm - Concluding remarks

Registration details will be posted shortly. 

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