The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Suffolk
with Jo Caruth
|10:00||Coffee on arrival|
|10:15||Introduction – We begin with a look at the Historic Environment Record data and the contribution excavation results have made to the increase in knowledge, in comparison with evidence from Portable Antiquities Scheme and other sources. A summary of the four sites will be presented and an outline of evidence from other recent pieces of work.|
|11:45||Settlement evidence - We will look at the evidence for Early Anglo-Saxon settlements primarily from West Stow, Eye and RAF Lakenheath comparing it with other regional published sites, such as West Stow, Carlton Colville, Mucking and then with the Middle Saxon site at Brandon. We will examine and compare:
• Building types, considering the evidence alongside current theories for their construction, use and disuse.
• Evidence for settlement layout and zoning of activities, looking particularly at changes between sites and over time.
• Evidence for and against nucleation of settlement - in particular looking at the interpretations within the original West Stow publication against the results of more recent work.
• Discussion of the evidence for changes between the Early and Middle Saxon periods, and discussion of the potential drivers for change.
|14:00||Burials – The focus will be on the results of the ongoing analysis and publication of the Early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath, outlining the range of studies taking place and presenting some of the available results. There will be particular focus on some of the ground-breaking scientific studies that are being undertaken on the population and artefacts as well as discussion of the evidence for social organisation, belief and lifestyle.|
|15:15||Agriculture, craft, technology, trade and economy - We will look at the evidence gained from the various excavations and:
• consider the evidence for metalworking and glass production in particular.
• examine evidence for trading both locally and with the continent.
• discuss the evidence for farming and the nature of the agrarian economy
• review the environmental data, comparing the evidence from different sites and looking at how this influenced the settlement activity.
Jo is Senior project Officer with Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service, and has more than 20 years archaeological fieldwork experience working in Suffolk. Although she has worked on sites of all periods her most recent work revolves around the excavations at RAF Lakenheath and the Anglo-Saxon settlement at Eye. She is currently working on a major post-excavation programme funded by the MoD to publish the results of the RAF Lakenheath work, including prehistoric, Roman and Anglo-Saxon burials and Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement.
Blair, J., 2000 The Anglo-Saxon Age. A Very Short Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England.
Hamerow, H., 1993 Excavations at Mucking Volume 2: The Anglo-Saxon Settlement (London, English Heritage/British Museum Press)
Hamerow, H., 2002.Early Medieval Settlements. The Archaeology of Rural Communities in North-West Europe 400-900. Oxford University Press
Lucy, S. 2000. The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death. Sutton Publishing
Lucy, S., Tipper, J. and Dickens, A., 2009 The Anglo-Saxon settlement and cemetery at Bloodmoor Hill, Carlton Colville, Suffolk, East. Anglian Archaeol. 131
Plunkett, S., 2005 Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times. Tempus Publishing Ltd
Tayor, A., 2001 Burial Practice in Early England. Tempus Publishing Ltd
Tipper, J. 2004 The Grubenhaus in Anglo-Saxon England. Landscape Research Centre
West, S.E., 1985 West Stow, The Anglo-Saxon Village. East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 24
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