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Foreign Bodies, Friend or Foe?
Strangers and Foreign Objects in Britain in the Early Anglo-Saxon Period

The Wilton Cross - a seventh-century gold and garnet cloisonné pendant cross set with a gold solidus of the Byzantine emperor Heraclius (ruled 613-32) © The British Museum.

with Dr Anthea Harris

in The Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, June 18th 2011

An examination of the enigmatic relationship between Britain and the Mediterranean world during the 6th – 8th centuries. Taking Sutton Hoo as our starting point we shall sweep the panorama out from East Anglia to the west and north of England.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The importance of rivers in importing foreign objects: from the Deben to the Thames Valley.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Élite graves and foreign objects: Prittlewell, Snape, Asthall Barrow, and Sutton Hoo.  
  12.45 Lunch break - bring packed lunch or visit NT restaurant.  
  14:00 How does this compare with the Continental context? A brief look at some comparanda.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Strangers and foreign objects in the West and North of Britain.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Anthea Harris

Anthea HarrisAnthea Harris was awarded her PhD at the University of Reading in 2000. She is the author of Byzantium, Britain and the West: the archaeology of cultural identity, 400-650 (2004), and Incipient Globalisation? Long-distance contacts in the Sixth Century (2007). She teaches early medieval archaeology at the University of Birmingham and enjoys communicating her journey of discovery about all things early medieval to a wide variety of audiences.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Primary sources
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, translation by J. Ingram. London 1823 at: http://omacl.org/Anglo/ (alternatively, seek out Michael Swanton’s more recent translation)
Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, translation by L. C. Jane. London 1910.
Gildas, De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae, translation by J.A. Giles. London 1891 at: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/gildas-full.html (alternatively, seek out Michael Winterbottom’s more recent translation)

Secondary sources
Arnold, C., An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. London 1988.
Bolgia, C., McKitterick, R. and Osborne, J. (eds), Rome Across Time and Space: Cultural Transmission and the Exchange of Ideas 500-1400. Cambridge 2011. Chapters 4 and 11
Carver, M (ed), The Age of Sutton Hoo: the seventh century in North Western Europe. London 1998. Reviewed at http://www.wuffings.co.uk/MySHPages/MOHCReview.htm
Dark, K. (ed), External Contacts and the Economy of Post-Roman Britain. London 1996.
Filmer-Sankey , W., ‘A new boat burial from the Snape Anglo-Saxon cemeter y, Suffolk. http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/cbaresrep/pdf/071/07116001.pdf
Herren, M.W. and Brown, S.A (eds) Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the fifth to the tenth century. Woodbridge 2002.
Hills, C. ‘Early Historic Britain’, in Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds), The Archaeology of Britain. London 2002, pp. 176-93.
Hoggett, R., The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion. Woodbridge 2010
Williams, H., ‘Placing the dead: investigating the location of wealthy barrow burials in seventh century England,’ in Rundkvist, M. (ed), Grave Matters: Eight Studies of Burial Data from the first millennium AD from Crimea, Scandinavia and England. Oxford 1999. Pp. 57-86. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/howard_williams/34


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