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Recording Merovingians

Friday 9 December 2022
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Main hall

The Rural Riches research group has been working on an online database collecting archaeological sites and historical attestations dating to the Merovingian Period in Northern Gaul (450-725). Up to now they have recorded information on 6873 sites and 1338 attestations, filled the bibliography with 9250 references, counted immense numbers of beads, brooches and glass vessels, recorded the location of finds in graves, and much more. This database will be a major instrument for future research on the Merovingian period.

We have been collecting sites in this database since the start of the Rural Riches project, which is financed by the European research Council under grant number 741340. You can find more information on the project here.

Now the Rural Riches project is coming to an end, the time has come to launch the Webportal which provides access to this database. After the 9th of December, the URL will be: https://www.earlymedievaleurope.org.

The festive launch of this new research tool will take place on December the 9th at the faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University during a one-day symposium on ‘Recording Merovingians’. Speakers from abroad will present comparable initiatives in France, Austria and Germany and members of the project will present their research. Also see the programme of the symposium and information on how to travel to Leiden.

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