Costume in Early Anglo-Saxon Life and Death

Principal investigator: Sophie Alsop
Level: Undergraduate

I aim to do my BA dissertation on Costume in early Anglo-Saxon life and death, looking at brooches in a northern county as mentioned in your suggested research topics: Keith Parfitt (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) and Andrew Richardson (former Kent FLO) noted many years ago that the proportions of brooch types from grave assemblages in Kent are different to those from metal-detected assemblages. There are various possible reasons for this (see McLean and Richardson in Worrell et al (ed) 2010<>), but one might be that the excavated evidence comes from graves - the costume of the dead - and that PAS data includes a substantial element of casual loss from the costume of the living. McLean and Richardson 2010 looked at brooch types from southern counties of England, but there is scope at undergraduate or master's level to look at eastern and midland counties too. An undergraduate dissertation could look at one county, I was intending to look at Oxfordshire but this would depend on the available data.


Dr Hajnalka Herold FSA

Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology Department of Archaeology University of Exeter Laver Building, North Park Road Exeter EX4 4QE, United Kingdom

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