Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex
Title Details

17th May 2019

324 Pages

24 x 17 cm

4 b/w. 45 line. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: Boydell Press

Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex

by Kate Mees

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Multi-disciplinary investigation of Anglo-Saxon funerary traditions.
Burial evidence provides the richest record we possess for the centuries following the retreat of Roman authority. The locations and manner in which communities chose to bury their dead, within the constraints of the environmentaland social milieu, reveal much about this transformational era.
This book offers a pioneering exploration of the ways in which the cultural and physical environment influenced funerary traditions during the period c. AD 450-850, in the region which came to form the leading Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. This was a diverse landscape rich in ancient remains, in the form of imposing earthworks, enigmatic megaliths and vestiges of Roman occupation. Employing archaeological evidence, complemented by toponymic and documentary sources and elucidated through landscape analysis, the author argues that particular man-made and natural features were consciously selected as foci for funerary events and ritual practice, becoming integral to manifestations of identity and power in early medieval society.

Kate Mees is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.
Introduction: Perspectives, Approaches and Context
Monument Reuse and the Inherited Landscape
Topography and Ritual Life
'Britons and Saxons'?
Land Use, Territoriality and Social Change
The Church and the Funerary Landscape
Conclusions
Appendix: Gazetteer of burial sites in the study area, c. AD 450-850
Bibliography
"A detailed and thoughtful book...A stroke of Mees' brilliance is the use of microtopography, a novel approach that yields some intriguing inferences about the interplay between landscape and funerary ritual." JAEMA

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Title Details

17th May 2019

324 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

4 b/w. 45 line. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: Boydell Press