SCA Conference 2014

The Archaeology of Early Christianity

Chester Cathedral

Pillar of Eliseg    St John the Baptist, Chester

This year's conference will be held on 6-7 September 2014, in the cathedral city of Chester, exploring the theme of the archaeology of early Christianity in the county of Cheshire. The conference will be held in the 13th-century chapter house of Chester Cathedral, a church of Anglo-Saxon origins dedicated to St Werburgh, which was rebuilt as a great Norman monastery from 1092, and established as a Cathedral in 1541. Cheshire is an ideal location to explore the early development of British Christianity, given its legacy of Roman occupation, Anglo-Saxon conversion, and interactions with existing Christian kingdoms of the British west.

On Saturday September 6th, there will be a programme of lectures on a number of early Christian themes, followed by a guided tour around the cathedral, and visits to the church of St John the Baptist and the nearby Roman amphitheatre. The night will end with the conference dinner, held in a converted church.

On Sunday September 7th, we will visit a range of important sites relating to early Christian archaeology around Chester, including Valle Crucis Abbey and the Pillar of Eliseg. As an added bonus, for conference delegates who arrive on Friday September 5th, there will be the opportunity to take a guided tour of Chester's city walls and castle.

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