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

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M. O. H. Carver
Boydell Press, 1992 - History - 406 pages
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The Age of Sutton Hoo runs from the fifth to the eighth century AD - the age which separates the fall of the Roman Empire from the emergence of the nation-states that have endured down to the present day. This is a dark and difficult age, where hard evidence is rare, but glittering and richly varied: 'myths, king-lists, placenames, sagas, settlements, runic inscriptions, palaces, belt-buckles, post-holes, middens and graves, ' says the editor, 'are all grist to our mill.'. This volume celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of that most famous burial of the early middle ages: the great treasure now in the British Museum, unearthed from the centre of a ninety-foot-long ship buried in the sand beneath a mound on remote Suffolk heathland at Sutton Hoo. It also marks the end of the major campaign of excavations carried out there over the past decade, which involved the widest possible range of disciplines. The scholars whose work is gathered here represent, together with Martin Carver's concluding chapter summarising the results of the latest excavations, 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.
 

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Contents

structures of power and society in early East Anglia
3
The Late Roman and AngloSaxon Settlement Pattern in the Sandlings
25
the current state of knowledge
39
A Chronology for Suffolk PlaceNames
53
Beowulf and the East Anglian Royal Pedigree
65
Kings Gesiths and Thegns
75
Burial Practice in Seventh and EighthCentury England
83
The SeventhCentury Cremation Burial in Asthall Barrow
95
western and northern Britain
205
The State of Pictland in the Age of Sutton Hoo
217
Frankish Hegemony in England
235
Royal Burials among the Franks
243
The Undiscovered Grave of King Clovis
255
an Austrasian perspective
265
Denmark in a European
279
a Norwegian centre in a
301

AngloSaxon Symbolism
131
the AngloSaxon weapon
149
Royal Power and Royal Symbols in Beowulf
167
Christianity in Sixth and SeventhCentury Southumbria
175
AngloSaxon Vocabulary as a Reflection of Material Culture
185
an update
315
Human sacrifice in the Late Pagan Period in NorthWestern Europe
331
POSTSCRIPT
341
Bibliography
373
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