West Heslerton excavator honoured

posted 13 Jul 2011, 15:36 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 13 Jul 2011, 15:40 ]
From Gazette & Herald 9 July 2011

AN archaeologist who excavated an Anglo-Saxon village near Malton is one of nine people who will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York next week.

Professor Dominic Powlesland set in motion a long-running dig at West Heslerton, eight miles east of Malton, which assumed international importance as the north’s only completely excavated Anglo-Saxon village.

As Director of the Landscape Research Centre, he has run an extended programme of survey and excavation at West Heslerton in the Vale of Pickering since 1978.

This programme has revolutionised the understanding of prehistoric to early medieval period settlement patterns and is widely regarded as one of the most important landscape archaeology projects in Europe.

Prof Powlesland now lives in Yedingham and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. He has long-standing associations with the University of York and was a visiting lecturer from 1980 to 1985.

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