Early Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries: Kinship, Community and Identity (Hardcover)

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Early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries are known for their grave goods, but this abundance obscures their interest as the creations of pluralistic, multi-generational communities. This book explores over one hundred early Anglo-Saxon and Merovingian cemeteries, using a multi-dimensional methodology to move beyond artefacts. It offers an alternative way to explore the horizontal organisation of cemeteries from a holistically focused perspective. The physical communication of digging a grave and laying out a body was used to negotiate the arrangement of a cemetery and to construct family and community stories. This approach foregrounds community, because people used and reused cemetery spaces to emphasise different characteristics of the deceased, based on their own attitudes, lifeways and live experiences. This book will appeal to scholars of Anglo-Saxon studies and will be of value to archaeologists interested in mortuary spaces, communities and social archaeology.

About the Author

Duncan Sayer is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire
Product Details
ISBN: 9781526135568
ISBN-10: 1526135566
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 24th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English