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More on mapping pottery

Further to my previous post on mapping broad-brush pottery distributions, I was reasonably content with the maps for prehistory and the Roman period (albeit that they had significant shortcomings in terms of temporal currency), but I was not really satisfied with the amount of data I could find for the early medieval period. 706 more words


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

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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

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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