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Bringing up the (Anglo-Saxon) bodies

A few months ago a paper of mine came out in print called  ‘(Ad)Dressing the Anglo-Saxon body: corporeal meanings and artefacts in early England’.  It was published among a collection of papers edited by Paul Blinkhorn and Chris Cumberpatch called  664 more words


Memories from the Isle of Mull and Iona, July 2014

Founded by Irish monk Columba in 563, the monastic outpost of Iona was incredibly influential in the early medieval period. My wife, Sarah, has devoted her career to the study of the Irish and Anglo Saxons in this period of history. 94 more words

The iron journey

Like a pattern-welded blade — rods of steel woven and hammered flat — metalworking was a process of several strands, inextricably linked. It began with the ore hunter, a slave working for a smith or smelter, who would search bogs and marshes for lumps of iron ore. 459 more words

Dark Ages


Early medieval kings liked beer. Lots of beer. Ine’s Law Code, from around 690, shows just how much beer. Detailed within this legal tract is a food render — a shopping list, if you like — of what the West Saxon king expected when he and his men paid you a visit. 165 more words

Dark Ages

Dinogad's coat

Often called the oldest Scottish poem, The Gododdin is a series of elegies to the Britons who died in a failed assault against the English at Catraeth (modern-day Catterick). 212 more words

Dark Ages

Contagion and Pestilence in Isidore of Seville's Etymologies

Before Isidore of Seville became the patron saint of the internet, he was known for over a thousand years as a font of knowledge.  Isidore was not an innovator; he was a master of synthesis. 668 more words


Mapping pottery

Following on from suggestions (primarily by Prof. Barry Cunliffe) at our Academic Advisory Board meeting last year, we started thinking about how we might map aceramic (or minimally ceramic-using) zones through our time period. 1,805 more words