The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

Hardcover | April 10, 2011

EditorHelena Hamerow, David A. Hinton, Sally Crawford

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Since the early 20th century the scholarly study of Anglo-Saxon texts has been augmented by systematic excavation and analysis of physical evidence - settlements, cemeteries, artefacts, environmental data, and standing buildings. This evidence has confirmed some readings of the Anglo-Saxonliterary and documentary sources and challenged others. More recently, large-scale excavations both in towns and in the countryside, the application of computer methods to large bodies of data, new techniques for site identification such as remote sensing, and new dating methods have put archaeologyat the forefront of Anglo-Saxon studies. The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, will both stimulate and support further investigation into those aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and culture which archaeology hasfundamentally illuminated. It will prove an essential resourse for our understanding of a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.

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Since the early 20th century the scholarly study of Anglo-Saxon texts has been augmented by systematic excavation and analysis of physical evidence - settlements, cemeteries, artefacts, environmental data, and standing buildings. This evidence has confirmed some readings of the Anglo-Saxonliterary and documentary sources and challenged...

Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. David A. Hinton is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton. Dr. Sally Crawford is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology at Birmingham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1104 pagesPublished:April 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Anglo-Saxon Identity: Ethnicity, Culture, and Genes1. C. Hills: Overview: Anglo-Saxon Identity2. S. Esmonde Cleary: The Ending(s) of Roman Britain3. B. Brugmann: Migration and Endogenous Change4. J. D. Richards: Anglo-Scandinavian Identity5. D. Griffiths: The Ending of Anglo-Saxon England: Identity, Allegiance, and Nationality6. R. Hedges: Anglo-Saxon Migration and the Molecular Evidence7. G. R. Owen-Crocker: Dress and IdentityII. Rural Settlement8. H. Hamerow: Overview: Rural Settlement9. H. Hamerow: Timber Buildings and their Social Context10. K. Ulmschneider: Settlement Hierarchy11. R. Morris: Local Churches in the Anglo-Saxon Countryside12. M. Gardiner: Late Saxon SettlementsIII. Mortuary Ritual13. T. M. Dickinson: Overview: Mortuary Ritual14. H. Williams: Mortuary Practices in Early Anglo-Saxon England15. M. Welch: The Mid Saxon 'Final Phase'16. D. Hadley: Late Saxon Burial PracticeIV. Food Production17. D. Hooke: Overview: Rural Production18. N. Sykes: Woods and the Wild19. L. Moffett: Food Plants on Archaeological Sites: The Nature of the Archaeobotanical Record20. T. O'Connor: Animal Husbandry21. S. Oosthuizen: Anglo-Saxon FieldsV. Craft Production and Technology22. G. Thomas: Overview: Sources and Limitations of Evidence23. D. Hinton: Raw Materials: Sources and Demand24. K. Leahy: Anglo-Saxon Crafts25. L. Webster: Style: Influences, Chronology, and MeaningVI. Trade, Exchange, and Urbanization26. G. Astill: Overview: Trade, Exchange and Urbanization27. M. Henig: The Fate of Late Roman Towns28. C. Loveluck and L. Laing: Britons and Anglo-Saxons29. T. Pestell: Markets, Emporia, Wics, and 'Productive' Sites: Pre-Viking Trade Centres in Anglo-Saxon England30. M. Blackburn: Coinage in its Archaeological Context31. R. A. Hall: Burhs and Boroughs: Defended Places, Trade, and Towns. Plans, Defences, Civic FeaturesVII. The Body and Life Course32. S. Crawford: Overview: The Body and Life Course33. N. Stoodley: Childhood to Old Age34. T. O'Connell and B. Hull: Diet: Recent Evidence from Analytical Chemical Techniques35. S. Lucy: Gender and Gender Roles36. C. Lee: DiseaseVIII. The Archaeology of Religion37. J. Blair: Overview: The Archaeology of Religion38. S. Semple: Sacred Spaces and Places in Pre-Christian and Conversion Period Anglo-Saxon England39. A. Pluskowski: The Archaeology of Paganism40. E. Coatsworth: The Material Culture of the Church41. R. Gameson: The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Book42. H. Gittos: Christian Sacred Spaces and PlacesIX. Signals of Power43. M. O. H. Carver: Overview: Signals of Power44. C. Scull: Social Transactions, Gift Exchange, and Power in the Archaeology of the Fifth to Seventh Centuries45. M. Gaimster: Image and Power in the Early Anglo-Saxon Period46. A. Reynolds: Crime and Punishment47. M. O. H. Carver: What Were They Thinking? Intellectual Territories in Anglo-Saxon EnglandX. The Place of Archaeology in Anglo-Saxon Studies48. J. Campbell: Historical Sources and Archaeology49. J. Hines: Literary Sources and Archaeology50. M. Gelling: Place-Names and Archaeology51. C. Gosden: Anthropology and Archaeology52. S. Marzinzik: Anglo-Saxon Archaeology and the Public