By Nick Higham
The variety of local Britons, and their position, in Anglo-Saxon England has been hotly debated for generations; the English have been visible as Germanic within the 19th century, however the 20th observed a reinvention of the German 'past'. at the present time, the scholarly neighborhood is as deeply divided as ever at the factor: place-name experts have always most well liked minimalist interpretations, privileging migration from Germany, whereas different disciplinary teams were much less united of their perspectives, with many archaeologists and historians viewing the British presence, almost certainly at the least, as numerically major or maybe dominant. The papers accumulated the following search to shed new mild in this complicated factor, by means of bringing jointly contributions from assorted disciplinary experts and exploring the interfaces among numerous different types of information concerning the earlier. They gather either a considerable physique of proof about the presence of Britons and supply a number of techniques to the crucial problems with the size of that presence and its importance around the seven centuries of Anglo-Saxon England. individuals: RICHARD COATES, MARTIN GRIMMER, HEINRICH HARKE, NICK HIGHAM, CATHERINE HILLS, LLOYD LAING, C. P. LEWIS, GALE R. OWEN-CROCKER, O. J. PADEL, DUNCAN PROBERT, PETER SCHRIJVER, DAVID THORNTON, HILDEGARD L. C. TRISTRAM, DAMIAN TYLER, HOWARD WILLIAMS, ALEX WOOLF
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Most of us change imperceptibly in our thinking in tune with current fashion, and we read things differently at different stages in our careers- and even select and present our findings differently to different audiences. The novel Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by AngusWilson, published in 1956, has as its theme the cover-up of a hoax committed during the (fictional) excavation of an Anglo-Saxon burial which seems to me to be something like a conflation of the burial of St Cuthbert and Sutton Hoo mound 1.
149. Simon Schama, A History of Britain. At the Edge of the World? 3000 BC – AD 1603 (London, 2000), pp. 45–6. And the editor of this volume appeared in the first episode of Pryor’s series and is acknowledged in the book, while several other contributors also featured on screen. In fact my arguments in this paper tend to suggest academics often do the same thing. Also, it is unfair to suggest television producers are never open to persuasion: in the 1980s I was able to persuade Forbes Taylor to make a very different programme, ‘Blood of the British’, from the one he had had in mind.
36 Monuments emphasised racial distinctions in another way. 39 Therefore, although the archaeological technique of stratigraphy was still in its infancy, prehistoric and Roman burial mounds re-used by Saxon graves offered to the nineteenth-century archaeologists a clear chronology of British history in microcosm. Each phase of the burial-mound’s use offered a separate and successive phase of settlement by different races. Although this author is aware of few explicit, nineteenth-century interpretations of this monument re-use, it provided implicit support, at least, for the view that the British were ‘pre-Roman’ and had no place in the archaeology of Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.