Overview: The Archaeology of Religion

John Blair

in The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199212149
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Overview: The Archaeology of Religion

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The next part of this book touches either explicitly or implicitly, on ritual continuities across the sixth to eighth centuries, and it is clear that even as late as the eleventh century, important aspects of lay Christianity were still influenced by traditional indigenous practices. The book here also explores ways in which the worlds of secular life and of religious belief and organization influenced each other: perhaps most of all in the seventh and eighth centuries, when a Continental religious culture became so enmeshed in the priorities and strategies of the warrior aristocracy which it was simultaneously transforming. It reflects an increased knowledge of the material culture associated with Anglo-Saxon religion, and a greater awareness of its range. This overview has mentioned continuities, but the afterlife of early Anglo-Saxon belief patterns includes some striking areas of non-survival.

Keywords: Christianity; Anglo-Saxon religion; Continental religious culture; warrior aristocracy; material culture; non-survival

Article.  5401 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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