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
`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. e goods.
M.O.H. CARVER is Professor of Archaeology at York University, and Director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project. e goods.
M.O.H. CARVER is Professor of Archaeology at York University, and Director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project. e goods.
M.O.H. CARVER is Professor of Archaeology at York University, and Director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project.
 

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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
Gelling University of Birmingham
65
Kings Gesiths and Thegns
75
Burial Practice in Seventh and EighthCentury England
83
The SeventhCentury Cremation Burial in Asthall Barrow
113
AngloSaxon Symbolism
131
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
an update
315

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
western and northern Britain
205
Human sacrifice in the Late Pagan Period in NorthWestern Europe
331
POSTSCRIPT
341
Bibliography
373
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