Herstmonceux project

Project Goals


To excavate the lost village and manor house of Herstmonceux to find evidence of settlement patterns prior to, during, and after the environmentally challenging period of 1250 – 1440 when rising sea levels, coastal inundations, and changing temperatures threatened manor life;

To provide high-quality research training in British archives and archaeology to Canadian undergraduate and graduate students;

To form a cross-disciplinary collaboration whose research will shine light on historical environmental challenges and resulting human strategies;

To create knowledge and understanding and disseminate findings beyond the academy and into the general public, so as to offer a social-science and humanities-based context to current problems of global warming and rising sea levels;

To form lasting partnerships bewteen St. Jerome's University, the University of Waterloo, Queen's University, and the Bader International Study Centre that will establish a permanent excavation site and archaeology school, produce ongoing, rotating museum collections in Canada, and evolve a perpetually student-run museum collection and website on medieval material culture and historical climate change.

​To broaden our partnership to include other new members with specialized skills and resources.