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By C. J. Arnold

An Archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms is a quantity which deals an exceptional view of the archaeological is still of the interval. utilizing the improvement of the kingdoms as a framework, this research heavily examines the wealth of fabric facts and analyzes its value to our knowing of the society that created it. From our realizing of the migrations of the Germanic peoples into the British Isles, the following styles of cost, land-use, exchange, via to social hierarchy and cultural identification in the kingdoms, this absolutely revised version illuminates probably the most imprecise and misunderstood sessions in ecu heritage.

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The rarity of the bow may also indicate that some hunting was restricted to particular social groups. Animal husbandry in the early Anglo-Saxon period appears to have been designed to satisfy immediate local needs, but evidence that the situation was changing towards the end of the period can be found by comparing such food resources with those at the earliest post-Roman urban and commercial centres in England; Hamwic, the middle-Saxon port of Southampton, and Ipswich (Suffolk) have both seen large-scale excavation and have produced useful assemblages of animal bone.

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.

The reality may have included both, and the whole spectrum in between, in a particular time or MIGRATION THEORY 21 place. This may be supported by the hints that the ethnic identities described by Bede may have been arrived at by different routes (Hines 1994:52–4). Others see them as a simplification of a contemporary and/or earlier complex pattern of regional and local identities. The reason why such theories are able to float is that the speed and nature of the migrations cannot be demonstrated archaeologically.

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