By C. J. Arnold
An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms is a quantity which bargains an extraordinary view of the archaeological is still of the interval. utilizing the advance of the kingdoms as a framework, this examine heavily examines the wealth of fabric facts and analyzes its importance to our realizing of the society that created it. From our realizing of the migrations of the Germanic peoples into the British Isles, the next styles of cost, land-use, exchange, via to social hierarchy and cultural id in the kingdoms, this totally revised version illuminates the most vague and misunderstood classes in ecu background.
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Certain burial forms, such as decapitation, north-south alignment and prone burials, have been claimed as exclusively native; such burials always form a minority of the graves in an Anglo-Saxon period cemetery. This should be seen positively as the continuation or re-introduction of some burial customs rather than an indication of the proportions of native and immigrant in the population. The number of inhumation graves in a cemetery that can be claimed to demonstrate an exclusively Germanic burial rite is also relatively few.
This assumes, however, that the shape of the system of animal husbandry was driven by the needs of migrants. However, the differences between meat consumption and kill-patterns in England and on the Continent suggest different cultural influences. In contrast there was no change in butchery techniques and killpatterns between early Anglo-Saxon West Stow and in local Romano-British samples and there is no evidence for the introduction of new breeds in the fifth century. The evidence indicates that native tradi-tions of animal husbandry were a greater influence than any Continental traditions that might have been introduced with the migrations.
At the same time the work of providing basic order to the material and of re-assessing earlier work has continued (Dickinson 1993a; Hines 1984, 1992a; Leigh 1984b). There has also been a greater willingness to summarise the archaeology of the period particularly with a view to seeing the contribution of the early Anglo-Saxon period to later times (Hinton 1990; Welch 1992; Higham 1992) It has taken the best part of a century to reach the stage where such studies are possible, during which time the evidence has been described and ordered.