Torksey, Repton and the Trent

The 26 ha Danish winter camp at Torksey has been a remarkable find of the last few years. Numismatic evidence date the occupation at 872/3 – which coincides with the record in the AS Chronicle. Speculation abounds on the population that such a large site could...

The Knowledge Straightjacket

Few people outside the professions are challenging the prevailing attitudes among historians and archaeologists. Consequently we are becoming increasingly constrained by their knowledge straightjacket. In actual fact, the professions are very young (I discount the...

Domesday Data Implications

I have recently discovered Domesday England, edited by Professor Henry Clifford Darby, with contributions from  I.B. Terrett, Eila M.J. Campbell, I.S. Maxwell, R. Welldon Finn and G.R. Versey, first published by the Cambridge University Press in 1977. This was the...

The Great Army size

Received wisdom upon this subject is currently taken as the work done by Prof. Nicholas Brooks in his 1979 paper to the Royal Historical Society entitled England in the Ninth Century: the Crucible of Defeat. In this he compares the sizes of Danish armies as...

Rivers and Roads

It’s well established that travellers carry in their minds a perception of the world dependent upon the ease by which they may travel. These mental maps are coloured by the risks involved. Today, in the UK, the risks are usually of cost and time, few worrying...
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