Tressed for Death in Early Anglo-Saxon England


7-7 Ford, Laverstock – 7th-centuryw eapon grave with 2 spearheads, seax, hanging bowl and a comb

This post is to flag up my latest publication – Tressed for Death in Early Anglo-Saxon England – appearing today in the journal Internet Archaeology as part of a special themed collection of 14 short contributions called ‘Archaeologies of Hair: the head and its grooming in ancient and contemporary societies’ compiled by Dr Steven P. Ashby of the Department of Archaeology, University of York.

IMG_20141210_111245This short piece starts with a review of earlier research on the key significance of grooming implements in early Anglo-Saxon cremation practices before looking to grooming practices deployed in the elite mortuary arena and revealed in the placing of combs in both late sixth and early seventh-century inhumation graves and cremation burials. This theme has been largely hitherto overlooked through the interpretative focus on ‘treasure’ and weapons in such high-status graves…

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