AN ANGLO-SAXON EXECUTION CEMETERY AT WALKINGTON WOLD, YORKSHIRE

Authors: BUCKBERRY, J.L.1; HADLEY, D.M.2

Source: Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Volume 26, Number 3, August 2007 , pp. 309-329(21)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

Summary. 

This paper presents a re-evaluation of a cemetery excavated over 30 years ago at Walkington Wold in east Yorkshire. The cemetery is characterized by careless burial on diverse alignments, and by the fact that most of the skeletons did not have associated crania. The cemetery has been variously described as being the result of an early post-Roman massacre, as providing evidence for a ‘Celtic’ head cult or as an Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery. In order to resolve the matter, radiocarbon dates were acquired and a re-examination of the skeletal remains was undertaken. It was confirmed that the cemetery was an Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery, the only known example from northern England, and the site is set into its wider context in the paper.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0092.2007.00287.x

Affiliations: 1: (JB)Archaeological SciencesUniversity of BradfordBradford BD7 1DP, Email: J.Buckberry@Bradford.ac.uk 2: (DH)Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of SheffieldNorthgate HouseWest StreetSheffield S1 4ET, Email: D.M.Hadley@Sheffield.ac.uk

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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