With the release last year of two more Anglo-Saxon archives, ‘A Corpus of Early Anglo-Saxon Buckets’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD: A Chronological Framework’, it seems like a good time to highlight this growing theme in our archives. We now hold a mass of Anglo-Saxon collections; six classification or typological collections; four site based archives; and three large area studies of Anglo-Saxon activity in Staffordshire and Kent. We also archive the ‘Novum Inventorium Sepulchrale – Kentish Anglo-Saxon graves and grave-goods’ in the Sonia Hawkes archive which is currently available online from Oxford University.
The site based archives we hold include the excavation archives for the cemeteries at Cleatham, Mucking and Wasperton many of which also appear in our classification/typological archives: ‘Glass Beads from Anglo-Saxon Graves’; ‘Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England’; ‘Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods of the 6th and 7th Centuries AD’; ‘Unlocking Anglo-Saxon Girdle-Hangers’; and ‘A Corpus of Early Anglo-Saxon Buckets’. A quick search across the rest of ADS’s Anglo-Saxon archives shows that other sites (picked at random) such as Spong Hill in Norfolk, and Bifrons, Buckland, and Faversham, all in Kent, appear across most of the classification/typological archives and some of the other collections too.
For a list of all the Anglo-Saxon archives available from ADS go to http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/ and put Anglo-Saxon in the Keyword search box in the top left.
Following this Anglo-Saxon theme, a search for Early Medieval and cemetery in the Grey Literature Library brings back 79 reports on this alone… Early Medieval and bead returns 28 reports.
Although these were never designed to be studied together most of them have downloadable data in the form of spreadsheets or database tables that would allow a larger study to be developed and new understanding gained of this interesting period. ADS would love to here of your re-use stories for this corpus of data!
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