Book Series Medieval History (Outside a Series)

Golden Middle Ages in Europe

New Research into Early-Medieval Communities and Identities

Annemarieke Willemsen, Hanneke Kik (eds)

  • Pages: 168 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:16 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55513-3
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“All the chapters are interesting, as they allow us to think about the people and sites that the Irish were trading with during this period (…) provides an interesting context to much of what we know of medieval Ireland and is an excellent addition to your library.” (Newsletter Ulster Archaeological Society, 2017)

"(...) ein gelungener Band, der kurz und prägnant über laufende Ausgrabungen und Forschungsergebnisse informiert. Es ist zu wünschen, dass diese Reihe in naher Zukunft fortgesetzt wird." (Susanne Brather-Walter, on: [])


Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen is curator of the Medieval Department of the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden), where she organized the 2009 exhibition & congress on Carolingian Dorestad and the 200 exhibition & congress on the early-medieval Netherlands.

Hanneke Kik J M.A. is project manager at the same museum, and was secretary of the Dorestad Congress in 2009 and 2014.


Dorestad was an important harbour town in the middle of the present-day Netherlands, that had its hey-day in the Carolingian period, but was already an important settlement in the centuries before, with a famous 7th-century Frankish mint. In July 2014, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden hosted the second Dorestad congress, exactly five years after the first. This congress was attached to the exhibition ‘Golden Middle Ages: The Netherlands in the Merovingian World, 400-700 AD’ and brought together historians, archaeologists and linguists to discuss these ‘Dark Ages’, their burials and settlements, rituals and identities, and the position of the Low Countries in the world-wide networks of early-medieval Europe. Contributions in these congress proceedings are devoted to key themes like early-medieval identity and agency, so-called royal burials in Europe, significant find categories like garnets, coins and Merovingian glass, important new sites and finds from the Low Countries and recent work in the Carolingian ‘vicus famosus’ of Dorestad.



Settlements and Cemeteries
Michiel de Vaan
Before the birds started nesting: Linguistic diversity in the earlymedieval Low Countries

Annemarieke Willemsen
Looking for early-medieval royal graves in the Low Countries and the Rhineland

Johan Nicolay
Kingship in early-medieval ‘Frisia’: Historical versus archaeological sources

Roel Lauwerier et al.
Merovingians at Borgharen: Digging into a listed monument near Maastricht (the Netherlands)

Material Culture
Line Van Wersch
Ea rly-medieval glass in the Middle Meuse valley: Shapes, materials and techniques

Genevra Kornbluth
Merovingian rock crystal: Practical tools and status markers

Ben Jervis
Trade, Cultural Exchange and Coastal Identities in Ea rly Anglo-Sa xon Kent: A Ceramic Perspective

Wybrand Op den Velde
The Cothen hoard as witness of the international circulation of sceattas

Anna Gannon
Series X and its international fram ework: An art historical contribution to the study of early-medieval coinage

Colour plates

New Research on Dorestad
Menne Kosian
Dorestad’s rise and fall: How the local landscape influenced the growth, prosperity and disappearance of an early-medieval emporium

Esther Jansma & Rowin van Lanen
The dendrochronology of Dorestad: Placing early-medieval structural timbers in a wider geographical context

Annemarieke Willemsen
Golden Ages of Dorestad: Connections and Conclusions

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