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Boat-rivets in graves in pre-Viking Kent: Reassessing Anglo-Saxon boat-burial traditions

Brookes, S; (2007) Boat-rivets in graves in pre-Viking Kent: Reassessing Anglo-Saxon boat-burial traditions. Medieval Archaeology , 51 pp. 1-18. 10.1179/174581707x224633.

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Abstract

THE IDENTIFICATION of a number of clench-nails and roves in Anglo-Saxon cemeteries suggest the deliberate deposition of boat fragments and tokens in burial. The distribution of this practice, centred on 6th- to early 7th-century Kent, contrasts with that of the more commonly discussed form of boat-burial known particularly from 7th-century East Anglia. In this paper the characteristics of this burial rite are considered from a number of identified examples to provide for a preliminary typology of 'pseudo-boat-burials' and rove-graves. In conclusion, an interpretation is offered to account for their use in early Anglo-Saxon England, and the preferential deposition in Kent. © 2007 Society for Medieval Archaeology.

Type: Article
Title: Boat-rivets in graves in pre-Viking Kent: Reassessing Anglo-Saxon boat-burial traditions
DOI: 10.1179/174581707x224633
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/45381
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