• Dialogues with early medieval ‘warriors’

    Author(s):
    Rachel Alexander, Howard Williams (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Death, Mortuary ritual, Anglo-Saxon studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    public archaeology, Anglo-Saxon archaeology, burial archaeology, Early medieval
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ss6t-e871
    Abstract:
    How are early medieval graves interpreted by community archaeology projects? This chapter considers how the well-known and innovative Operational Nightingale project has distinctively deployed the excavation and analysis of early Anglo-Saxon (later 5th and 6th-century AD) furnished graves, including those containing weaponry, in its practice and public engagement. In light of recent discussions regarding the ideological, social, educational and emotional significances of the archaeological dead, we consider Operation Nightingale’s well-received practical and interpretative dialogues with the dead during the investigation of an early medieval cemetery at Barrow Clump, Figheldean, on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. Our focus is upon the project’s assertions of parity and affinity between early Anglo-Saxon weapon burials and the experiences of modern military personnel: dialogues with early medieval ‘warriors’.
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