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Buckland Anglo-Saxon Cemetery

Archaeological Reports

2014

February 15th, 2014

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The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Buckland, Dover, was discovered when a new housing estate was being constructed in 1951. It was excavated by Professor Evison between 1951 and 1953. The cemetery of some 170 graves dates from the late fifth to the middle of the eighth century. Professor Evison’s expertise in the study of glass, jewellery and weapons ensures that there is a penetrating analysis of this important site and interesting ideas are proposed for the layout and phasing of the cemetery. A comprehensive discussion of the finds from the graves reveals that, although the Buckland cemetery belongs to the period of pagan tradition of burial with grave goods, there is some evidence of Christian influences and rites. Contact with Frankish territory in France, Belgium and the Rhineland seems to have been maintained throughout the period of use of the cemetery and Frankish grave goods formed an important element in the material culture of the people buried there. However, by the late sixth century local Kentish craftsmen were producing a significant amount of the jewellery found in the graves. Professor Evison places the Buckland cemetery in its local context by examining contemporary finds from other sites in the area around Dover.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Front Cover1
Prelims2
Half Title2
Title3
Contents4
List of figures6
List of plates8
List of tables8
Acknowledgements9
Chapter I - Excavation10
Chapter II - Grave Goods: Discussion of Types20
Chapter III - Discussion122
Chapter IV - Specialist Reports178
Bibliography201
Chapter V - Grave Catalogue213
Endmatter404
Index404
Imprint412