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The Medieval & Historic Graffiti in the Medieval Buildings of the Maidstone Area
An Illustrated talk for the Maidstone Area Archaeological Group by Wayne Perkins
Friday 10th June 2022 @ 7.30pm.
The Maidstone area is rich in medieval buildings and is home to some of the most enchanting churches of Kent. This talk provides an introduction to the new interpretative frameworks which have emerged to explain the often enigmatic inscriptions found on the walls of many medieval churches. This new paradigm takes us away from the lazy and predictable interpretations of the out-moded world of 1960’s Processual-Archaeology and offers fresh insights. As well as ecclesiastical sites, the talk will examine new discoveries at the buildings of Old Soar Manor (a 13th century knight’s dwelling), Maison Dieu (a 13th century wayside hospital on the pilgrim route to Canterbury) & Ightham Mote (a 14th century moated manor) – which are the result of the author’s own fieldwork.
Just added: recent fieldwork at Boxley Abbey, Tithe Barn & St Andrews’ Chapel!
Cost: Zoom-Free (register 48 hours before talk)
At Venue: Non-members £1
Venue: Maidstone Community Support Centre Marsham Street, Maidstone ME14 1hh
I am an archaeologist with over twenty years of experience. After a decade or so working as a volunteer on excavations in the 1990’s, I undertook my degree in Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. In the last year of my degree I helped to supervise the university’s annual excavations.
Directly after my exams I began my career in Commercial Archaeology as a Field Archaeologist with Oxford Archaeology and remained there for four years. Anticipating a career in archaeology in France I volunteered on excavations at Rom and at Prisse-la-Charriere, Niort (for Poitiers & Rennes University respectively). In due course I worked for the States’ premier scientific organization, I.N.R.A.P. (Institut Nationale des Récherches Archéologiques Préventives) as well as for a number of private companies.
I returned to the UK in 2013 and resumed my role as a Supervisor, undertaking projects around Oxfordshire with John Moore Heritage Services before moving to London in 2014.
I now undertake Historic Building Surveys and supervise urban excavations in the City of London as well as overseeing rural excavations in surrounding Sussex, Surrey & Kent.
BA Hons (Archaeology)
ACIfA (Associate Member, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)
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