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

The Age of Sutton Hoo

The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe

By: Martin Carver (Editor)

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Published: 21st February 2008
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`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.

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 EUROPE A 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 ARCHAEOLOGY A 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

Preface
List of Plates
List of Figures
East Anglia in the Age of Sutton Hoo
Before Sutton Hoo: structures of power and society in early East Angliap. 3
The Late Roman and Anglo-Saxon Settlement Pattern in the Sandlings of Suffolkp. 25
Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: the current state of knowledgep. 39
A Chronology for Suffolk Place-Namesp. 53
Beowulf and the East Anglian Royal Pedigreep. 65
Kings, Gesiths and Thegnsp. 75
England in the Age of Sutton Hoo
Burial Practice in Seventh- and Eighth-Century Englandp. 83
The Seventh-Century Cremation Burial in Asthall Barrow, Oxfordshire: a reassessmentp. 95
Anglo-Saxon Symbolismp. 131
Changing Symbols in a Changing Society: the Anglo-Saxon weapon burial rite in the seventh centuryp. 149
Royal Power and Royal Symbols in Beowulfp. 167
Christianity in Sixth- and Seventh-Century Southumbriap. 175
Anglo-Saxon Vocabulary as a Reflection of Material Culturep. 185
North-Western Europe in the Age of Sutton Hoo
Message from the Dark Side of the Moon: western and northern Britain in the age of Sutton Hoop. 205
The State of Pictland in the Age of Sutton Hoop. 217
Frankish Hegemony in Englandp. 235
Royal Burials among the Franksp. 243
The Undiscovered Grave of King Clovisp. 255
Social Change around A.D. 600: an Austrasian perspectivep. 265
Kingdoms, Ethnicity and Material Culture: Denmark in a European perspectivep. 279
The Royal Cemetery at Borre, Vestfold: a Norwegian centre in a European peripheryp. 301
The Scandinavian Character of Anglian England: an updatep. 315
Human sacrifice in the Late Pagan Period in North-Western Europep. 331
Postscript: The Site of Sutton Hoo on the Completion of Fieldwork
The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Sutton Hoo: an interim reportp. 343
Bibliographyp. 373
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ISBN: 9780851153612
ISBN-10: 0851153615
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 21st February 2008
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 17.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.15
Edition Type: New edition