David Beard is a freelance archaeologist and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland specializing in medieval archaeology, especially the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. He has been involved in continuing education for many years having taught for the Universities of Oxford, London, Essex and Ulster.
Ravagers, despoilers, pagans, the Vikings are often regarded as bloodthirsty pirates. Yet they were also traders, settlers and farmers with a thriving artistic culture and legal systems. Using archaeology we examine the varied aspects of the Viking world
An introduction to the art and archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England, covering the period from the end of Roman Britain to the Norman Conquest.
The Roman period witnessed a booming economy, with trade and exchange taking place on an extensive scale. This course will examine archaeological evidence from the city of Rome, the ports of Ostia and Portus, and trading posts further afield.
Although often regarded as bloodthirsty pirates, the Vikings were also traders, settlers and farmers with a highly developed artistic culture and legal system. This course will use recent findings from archaeology to examine the Viking world.