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Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries at Ipswich: Boss Hall and Buttermarket

Style I saucer disc-brooch from Boss Hall grave 97 (Chris Scull)

with Professor Chris Scull

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 9th October 2010

A consideration of the archaeology of these cemeteries and what they may tell us about society and economy in Suffolk in the 6th & 7th centuries AD.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 What can we learn from Anglo-Saxon burials? An introduction to burial practice, what burials can tell us, and the techniques of investigation.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Boss Hall and Buttermarket – excavation and analysis What the excavations uncovered and the main results of scientific and technical analysis  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Boss Hall and Buttermarket – interpretations What can we say about the people and communities who buried their dead here?  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Contexts: Ipswich, East Anglia and North-western Europe What do the sites tell about Ipswich and its hinterland in the 6th and 7th centuries, and how do they fit into the broader regional and international picture?  
  16:15 Close  

About Professor Chris Scull

Chris Scull studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. After postgraduate research at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford, he taught archaeology at the Universities of Durham and London before working in contract archaeology. He joined English Heritage in 1993 and was their Research Director between 2005 and 2010. Chris has particular research interests in early medieval burial, and in the emergence of the early English kingdoms. He has published many papers and reports on these and other aspects of early medieval archaeology, most recently the cemeteries at Boss Hall and Buttermarket, Ipswich. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Department of Archaeology & Conservation, Cardiff University.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Carver, M. (ed.), The Age of Sutton Hoo: the seventh century in north-western Europe (Woodbridge: Boydell 1992)
Carver, M., Sutton Hoo: a seventh-century princely burial ground and its context (London: British Museum Press 2005) - especially Chapters 13 and 14
Hills, C.M., Origins of the English (London: Duckworth 2003)
Hines, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons from the Migration period to the Eighth Century: an Ethnographic Perspective (Woodbridge: Boydell 1997)
Hodges, R., Dark Age Economics: The Origins of Towns and Trade AD 600-1000 (London: Duckworth 1982)
Lucy, S., The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death (Stroud: Sutton 2000)
Scull, C.J., Early medieval (late 5th – early 8th centuries AD) cemeteries at Boss Hall and Buttermarket (Ipswich, Suffolk 2009)
West, S.E., A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84 (Ipswich, Suffolk 1998)
Williamson, T., Sutton Hoo and its Landscape: the Context of Monuments (Oxford: Windgather Press 2008)


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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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