Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This article outlines the current approaches to age in early Anglo-Saxon archaeology, before presenting several case studies that demonstrate the complexity of this identity, and the value of it to the understanding of social organization during the later fifth and sixth centuries. An analysis of three cemeteries from Kent, Saxon Wiltshire, and Anglian Northumbria is presented to test whether a community's cultural identity had a bearing on age structure. It has shown that the burial rite is linked to an individual's age and that grave goods are the most visible aspect in the articulation of this social identity. In each cemetery, gender becomes a feature of the life course for certain individuals, especially the expression of a feminine identity. The study has shown that one should always be aware of the context-specific nature of age organization.

Keywords: childhood, Anglo-Saxon archaeology, feminine identity, age organization, social identity, Kent, Saxon Wiltshire, Anglian Northumbria, burial rite, grave goods

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.