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Preparing for battle?: An examination of juvenile weapon burials from early Anglo-Saxon England

SQUIRES, Kirsty (2016) Preparing for battle?: An examination of juvenile weapon burials from early Anglo-Saxon England. In: World Archaeology Congress 8th Annual Meeting, August 2016, University of Kyoto, Kyoto (Japan).

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The early Anglo-Saxon weapon burial rite has been studied extensively by scholars, most notably by Heinrich Harke. However, there is little consideration of juveniles interred with military accoutrements from England during this period. It is widely postulated that this funerary rite represented kin affiliations and social standing as opposed to active participation in warfare. In response to this theory an in-depth assessment of juvenile weapon burials and their spatial distribution within cemeteries was carried out. This paper will present the results of this study and will consider the roles and identities of children buried with weapons in life and death.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Event Title: World Archaeology Congress 8th Annual Meeting
Event Location: University of Kyoto, Kyoto (Japan)
Event Dates: August 2016
Depositing User: Kirsty SQUIRES
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:46

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