The Anglo-Saxon Connection: Irish Metalwork, <span class="smallCaps">ad</span> 400–800

Raghnall Ó Floinn

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Anglo-Saxon Connection: Irish Metalwork, ad 400–800

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This chapter evaluates that evidence for the connection between Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland can be inferred from discovered Irish metalwork dated around 400 to 800 AD. It discusses the factors that revolutionised the understanding of interactions across the Irish Sea, including excavation of a number of important sites in western Britain and Ireland such as the Dunadd and the Mote of Mark. Current evidence suggests that the experimentation by Celtic metalworkers, beginning in the seventh century, was carried out at secular rather than ecclesiastical sites.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon England; Ireland; Irish metalwork; Irish Sea; Dunadd; Mote of Mark; Celtic metalworkers

Chapter.  7684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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