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Chapter 5 Project Practicing Burial Analysis Background: During the early 7th century AD, the Kingdom of East Anglia was among the many Anglo Saxon kingdoms of England. This period of England’s history is, quite literally, the stuff of legends: Anglo Saxon kingship straddles the boundaries of myth and history when rulers not unlike King Arthur held power over various warring domains. One such ruler was Raedwald, son of Tytila, who was king of the East Angles from around AD 600 until his death in around AD 624. During his reign, Raedwald was one of the most powerful men in all of England. His influence was far reaching and he is, perhaps, best known for becoming the first Anglo Saxon king to convert to Christianity. In 1939, a fantastic archaeological discovery was made in East Anglia at a site called Sutton Hoo. The remains of a 90-foot-long early 7th-century Anglo Saxon ship were found at the site, far from the sea. Among the many spectacular artifacts recovered were several spears, a wand with a wolf motif, a drinking horn, a sword with a harness and belt, and various other objects of personal adornment crafted out of gold and decorated with garnets. Perhaps the most compelling artifact recovered was a ceremonial helmet made of gold, silver, and garnet, with a faceguard made to represent the visage of a bearded Anglo Saxon warrior. As you learned in Chapter 5, the analysis of burials and the grave goods contained within them is one of the primary ways that archaeologists assess the status or rank of an individual in society (see pp. 199-200). It is assumed that individuals buried with valuable objects held positions of greater importance in society. You also learned that the remains of large-scale public

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