An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms by C. J. Arnold

By C. J. Arnold

An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms is a quantity which bargains an remarkable view of the archaeological continues to be of the interval. utilizing the advance of the kingdoms as a framework, this examine heavily examines the wealth of fabric facts and analyzes its value to our realizing of the society that created it. From our knowing of the migrations of the Germanic peoples into the British Isles, the following styles of payment, land-use, exchange, via to social hierarchy and cultural identification in the kingdoms, this absolutely revised variation illuminates the most vague and misunderstood sessions in eu historical past.

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If the latter tradition was influential in determining funerary MIGRATION THEORY 31 custom, especially in southern England, it is necessary to ask why it was of less relevance in the areas where cremation was preferred. The timing of the colonisation of particular areas has normally been seen as critical to the resulting pattern but it may also serve to emphasise that the migrations and subsequent developments were not uniform processes. The availability of detailed analyses of late Roman burial customs makes it possible to begin to identify a much greater contribution to post-Roman funerary practices than might once have been thought (Black 1986; Philpott 1991).

In other words localities colonised in the first two phases are still in use later indicating either a stability in the population and settlement pattern or social controls over the spread of a fashion. The fact that there are few new cemeteries after the early sixth century may support the view that the adoption of this new dress-style occurred within a stable settlement pattern. 3). Those of the earliest phase AD 500–20 are thinly and widely dispersed in areas away from the coast. Those of the second, and overlapping, phase AD 510–50 tend to cluster around the earlier sites and in new areas such as Berkshire.

The problem has been compounded by the all-too-easy assumption that Germanic-style artefacts in England can automatically be equated with settlements and burials of those peoples. While it would be foolhardy to suggest that there were no Germanic people in England there are problems of consistency of argument. For instance, sixth-century Germanic artefacts found in Wales, principally glass vessels, metalwork and beads, are claimed to be the result of exchange, whereas we have already concluded that in East Anglia such a dispersal may be due to an expanding population or the adop-tion of new dress fashion.

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