Who Was Buried in England's Fifth- and Early Sixth-Century “Anglo-Saxon” Cemeteries?

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room LL21E (San Jose Convention Center)
Robin Fleming, Boston College, Boston, MA
This paper will reconsider the paradigms of ethnicity and migration use by archaeologists and historians to identify and describe the early medieval burial communities excavated in lowland Britain.  A reexamination of burial practices and grave goods, combined with the study of stable isotopes in human skeletal material suggest that large numbers of indigenous people in post-Roman Britain were inventing and adopting new identities that we call “Anglo-Saxon,” but which may, in the century after Rome’s fall, not had much to do with actual “Anglo-Saxons.”