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Jacky Nowakowski: Tintagel, Dumnonia and Post-Roman Insular Britain
How might a site like Tintagel have emerged in western Britain following the demise of the Western Roman Empire? Activity at Tintagel at the turn of the 5th and 6th centuries shows clear evidence for contact with the distant classical world of the late Roman Empire, and the significance of this contact is a source of fascination and inquiry for many early medieval researchers. By focusing on the archaeological evidence, this talk will introduce the audience to the character of Cornwall during the Roman and post-Roman periods when it formed a tribal territory called Dumnonia. It aims to demonstrate how the time’s distinctive lifestyles and material culture, which had deep roots in an equally distinctive prehistory, created a strong autonomous identity distinct from other parts of Britain. The legacy of these pasts persists, embedded in the distinct culture and outlook that remains a powerful attraction today.
Jacky Nowakowski, presently a Principal Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council, has been working as a professional archaeologist in Cornwall for the past 30 years. Her main area of expertise is British prehistory and Roman material as well as doing research on the post Roman and late Antique world of western Britain.