Abstract and Keywords
The shortfalls of burial evidence are plain enough in approaching the central problem: that of the fate of the Britons. The possible genocidal element in the Anglo-Saxon invasions may have been exaggerated in the nineteenth century, but underestimated in the twentieth. The ‘archaeological record’, as expected, raises more questions than it answers. The ‘Tribal Hidage’ as a tribute list directs attention to relations between kingdoms, a theme on which archaeology offers little beyond theories based on the movement of valuable goods, although an effort has been made to link grave patterns to hegemony. Two themes resound through the two volumes of Domesday and all the silver pennies: powerful administration and serious wealth. There is no doubt about the intellectual weight of the English church, at least for a generation or so around 700.
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