Saxon obsequies: The early medieval archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Neville

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336331
Title:
Saxon obsequies: The early medieval archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Neville
Authors:
Williams, Howard ( 0000-0003-3510-6852 )
Abstract:
This paper investigates the origins of British Anglo-Saxon archaeology by focusing on the work of one early Victorian archaeologist: Richard Cornwallis Neville. The seemingly descriptive and parochial nature of Neville’s archaeological pursuits, together with the attention he afforded to Romano-British remains, has impeded due recognition, and critical scrutiny, of his contributions to the development of early Medieval burial archaeology. Using his archaeological publications as source material, I will show how Neville’s interpretations of Saxon graves were a form of memory work, defining his personal, familial and martial identity in relation to the landscape and locality of his aristocratic home at Audley End, near Saffron Walden, Essex. Subsequently, I argue that Neville’s prehistoric and Romano-British discoveries reveal his repeated concern with the end of Roman Britain and its barbarian successors. Finally, embodied within Neville’s descriptions of early Medieval graves and their location we can identify a pervasive Anglo-Saxonism. Together these strands of argument combine to reveal how, for Neville, Saxon graves constituted a hitherto unwritten first chapter of English history that could be elucidated through material culture and landscape.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 2013, 23(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bha.2312
Publisher:
Ubiquity Press
Journal:
Bulletin of the History of Archaeology
Publication Date:
Apr-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/336331
DOI:
10.5334/bha.2312
Additional Links:
http://www.archaeologybulletin.org
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Open access journal
ISSN:
2047-6930
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Howarden
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-28T14:50:19Zen
dc.date.available2014-11-28T14:50:19Zen
dc.date.issued2013-04en
dc.identifier.citationBulletin of the History of Archaeology, 2013, 23(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bha.2312en
dc.identifier.issn2047-6930en
dc.identifier.doi10.5334/bha.2312en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/336331en
dc.descriptionOpen access journalen
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the origins of British Anglo-Saxon archaeology by focusing on the work of one early Victorian archaeologist: Richard Cornwallis Neville. The seemingly descriptive and parochial nature of Neville’s archaeological pursuits, together with the attention he afforded to Romano-British remains, has impeded due recognition, and critical scrutiny, of his contributions to the development of early Medieval burial archaeology. Using his archaeological publications as source material, I will show how Neville’s interpretations of Saxon graves were a form of memory work, defining his personal, familial and martial identity in relation to the landscape and locality of his aristocratic home at Audley End, near Saffron Walden, Essex. Subsequently, I argue that Neville’s prehistoric and Romano-British discoveries reveal his repeated concern with the end of Roman Britain and its barbarian successors. Finally, embodied within Neville’s descriptions of early Medieval graves and their location we can identify a pervasive Anglo-Saxonism. Together these strands of argument combine to reveal how, for Neville, Saxon graves constituted a hitherto unwritten first chapter of English history that could be elucidated through material culture and landscape.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUbiquity Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.archaeologybulletin.orgen
dc.subjectAnglo-Saxon Englanden
dc.subjectAnglo-Saxon cemeteriesen
dc.subjectVictorian Britainen
dc.subjectantiquarianen
dc.subjectEssexen
dc.subjectAudley Enden
dc.subjectbarrowen
dc.subjectarchaeologyen
dc.titleSaxon obsequies: The early medieval archaeology of Richard Cornwallis Nevilleen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalBulletin of the History of Archaeologyen
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