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How Castles Work

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact: Connie Rodriguez · · 504-865-2287

Location: Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall

Ever wonder what went on inside a medieval castle? Anthropology and archaeology expert Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., will uncover the inner-workings of castles in Southeast England in a free, public lecture, “How Castles Work.” The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. in the Whitney Bank Presentation Room in Thomas Hall.

Castles are a place of work, and they do work in different ways, according to Johnson. They control the flow of things, of animals and of humans around the landscape. Although many experts have studied castles as military structures serving in attacks and defense, and castles as social symbols, this new view of castles focuses instead on more practical aspects.

Johnson is an anthropology professor at Northwestern University, and holds his degrees from St. John’s College, Cambridge. His research interests include the archaeology of Britain and Europe (1200 to 1800 A.D., particularly castles and traditional houses) and archaeological theory.


  • Languages + Cultures