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The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe

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Overview

'The Sutton Hoo 'princely' burials play a pivotal role in any modern discussion of Germanic kingship.'EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE The age of Sutton Hoo runs from the fifth to the eighth century AD - a dark and difficult age, where hard evidence is rare, but glittering and richly varied. Myths, king-lists, place-names, sagas, palaces, belt-buckles, middens and graves are all grist to the archaeologist's mill. This book celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of that most famous burial at Sutton Hoo. Fifty years ago this great treasure, now in the British Museum, was unearthed from the centre of a ninety-foot-long ship buried on remote Suffolk heathland. Included in this volume are 23 wide-ranging essays on the Age of Sutton Hoo and director Martin Carver's summary of the latest excavations, which represent the current state of knowledge about this extraordinary site. That it still has secrets to reveal is shown by the last-minute discovery of a striking burial of a young noble with his horse and grave goods.M.O.H. CARVER is Professor of Archaeology at York University, and Director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project.
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Comprehensive and lavish... (the) volume's twenty-four papers provide not only an unrivalled and tantalizing preview of the most recent finds at Sutton Hoo, but also a survey of the whole context of the burial, local, national and international. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW (J R Maddicott) The Sutton Hoo 'princely' burials play a pivotal role in any modern discussion of Germanic kingship. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPEA valuable interim report on the 1983-92 excavation... most exciting may be the parallels suggesed from Merovingian and Scandinavian Europe. A major contribution to the Sutton Hoo literature. CHOICE A major reassessment of the political and economic context of this burial ground-a very important book. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGYA book clearly aimed at academics and university students, (but) of value to anyone seriously interested in early Anglo-Saxon England.. Martin Carver's succinct account of Sutton Hoo...explain(s) the burials in ways which go beyond traditional historical archaeological interpretation. HISTORY TODAY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851153612
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/26/2010
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Plates
List of Figures
Pt. I East Anglia in the Age of Sutton Hoo
1 Before Sutton Hoo: structures of power and society in early East Anglia 3
2 The Late Roman and Anglo-Saxon Settlement Pattern in the Sandlings of Suffolk 25
3 Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: the current state of knowledge 39
4 A Chronology for Suffolk Place-Names 53
5 Beowulf and the East Anglian Royal Pedigree 65
6 Kings, Gesiths and Thegns 75
Pt. II England in the Age of Sutton Hoo
7 Burial Practice in Seventh- and Eighth-Century England 83
8 The Seventh-Century Cremation Burial in Asthall Barrow, Oxfordshire: a reassessment 95
9 Anglo-Saxon Symbolism 131
10 Changing Symbols in a Changing Society: the Anglo-Saxon weapon burial rite in the seventh century 149
11 Royal Power and Royal Symbols in Beowulf 167
12 Christianity in Sixth- and Seventh-Century Southumbria 175
13 Anglo-Saxon Vocabulary as a Reflection of Material Culture 185
Pt. III North-Western Europe in the Age of Sutton Hoo
14 Message from the Dark Side of the Moon: western and northern Britain in the age of Sutton Hoo 205
15 The State of Pictland in the Age of Sutton Hoo 217
16 Frankish Hegemony in England 235
17 Royal Burials among the Franks 243
18 The Undiscovered Grave of King Clovis 255
19 Social Change around A.D. 600: an Austrasian perspective 265
20 Kingdoms, Ethnicity and Material Culture: Denmark in a European perspective 279
21 The Royal Cemetery at Borre, Vestfold: a Norwegian centre in a European periphery 301
22 The Scandinavian Character of Anglian England: an update 315
23 Human sacrifice in the Late Pagan Period in North-Western Europe 331
Postscript: The Site of Sutton Hoo on the Completion of Fieldwork
24 The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Sutton Hoo: an interim report 343
Bibliography 373
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