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A methodological examination of aspects of chronological and social analysis of early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries with particular reference to Cemetery I, Mucking, Essex

Clark, DF; (2000) A methodological examination of aspects of chronological and social analysis of early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries with particular reference to Cemetery I, Mucking, Essex. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis is a thorough analysis of all aspects of Mucking Cemetery I, Essex, as a basis for a methodological study of Anglo-Saxon cemetery data. The work was undertaken as part of the publication programme of the two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at Mucking, working with Susan Hirst, FSA. The data from Cemetery I, supplemented by the far larger unpublished data sets from Mucking Cemetery II and the cemetery at Lechlade, Gloucs, are the basis of two detailed areas of methodological study. The first is an examination of the methodology of chronological analysis, particularly the use of seriation. The second part consists of an examination of one aspect of social analysis that has been largely unused- structural age groups. These methodological sections are intended to examine the rationale of analysis and aid the practical problems of the publication of early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. The cataloguing and analysis of Cemetery I carried out by the author given here is included as a demonstration of the level and precision of data collection required to do this sort of work. The original aspects of this work are the chronolodcal and social analysis of the A unpublished Mucking Cemetery I, using and augmenting larger datasets from Lechlade and Mucking Cemetery II. It is hoped that regional chronologies can be established using this new methodology and applied to other cemeteries insufficiently large for their own seriation. It is also argued that the stature amongst age and gender groups as well as the changing patterns of the types and numbers of artefacts, the choice of costume and burial treatment established at Lechlade can be used to suggest age from body lengths, and to construct possible age-related cultural patterns at other cemeteries where bone evidence is lacking.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: A methodological examination of aspects of chronological and social analysis of early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries with particular reference to Cemetery I, Mucking, Essex
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121547
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