The Archaeology of Religion in Anglo-Saxon England
During the 5th century AD the Western Roman Empire collapsed, and former provinces such as Britain were left to fend for themselves. While Christianity in Western Britain and Ireland blossomed during this early period, England went a separate pathway experiencing extensive migration from settlers who brought with them an enigmatic pagan belief system. During the 7th century AD the Church sent missionaries to convert the Anglo-Saxons, and soon their kings and nobles were founding monasteries, building churches and commissioning fine stone sculpture and spellbinding manuscripts. While the well known framework of this narrative is historical and written largely by churchmen, this course focuses on how the archaeological excavation of artefacts, burials and buildings adds to and adjust this picture over the course of the 5th to 8th centuries AD.
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