On 27 June 2022, I presented a public talk as part of the Chester Heritage Festival and subsequently edited and uploaded it to my Archaeodeath YouTube channel.

What happened to Chester after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire? This talk explores suggestions for the fate of Chester and its hinterland between the 5th and 11th centuries AD.

The talk, presented by Prof. Howard Williams of the Deptment of History & Archaeology, University of Chester, is supported by an online video tour and online heritage map that will be available on this website throughout the festival.

This is my first-ever presentation on early medieval Chester and its environs in which I present the established synthesis and query some of the inferences and assumptions made about the ‘Dark Age’ in Chester and its surrounding landscape between the decline of the Roman city in the early/mid-5th century and the establishment of a burh in AD907.

Following the talk, there was a healthy, constructive and far-ranging Q&A including lots of compliments regarding my supporting Tube Maps!

Check out the Archaeodeath YouTube video of my presentation here:

The supporting video introducing The Chester Dark Age Tube Map(s) can be found here:

Also, I explain and introduce the two complementary the tube maps in an earlier blog-post here.

I reproduce the tube maps again here, revised following feedback. These maps give a sense of how this stylised representation helps to guide you around Chester’s cityscape, environs and broader region to sites and monuments which have produced significant archaeological discoveries, even if only a handful have surviving traces and features to see in today’s landscape.

I aim to work further on these and write up entries for each of the ‘stops’ and introductions for each of the ‘lines’/heritage trails. Maybe they can be made as interactive maps?

Furthermore, I will be expanding on this presentation by conducting further research and developing my ideas on the fate of Roman towns in the Early Middle Ages as sites of memory, writing these up as part of a forthcoming monograph on early medieval monuments and memory.