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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Ethnicity and Early Medieval Cemeteries

The text, of this paper, which I gave on 29 Nov 2010 at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria has been removed as it is now published.  You can access a pdf of the publication here.  The points made (and much of the debate) will often seem 'old hat' to British archaeologists, although the implications of these points have in fact not been very thoroughly assimilated or applied with any sophistication in Anglo-Saxon archaeology.  This paper instead relates (as it says in the text) more to a Mainland European (especially German, French and Italian) debate, which has also begun to take place in Spain.  For those historiographical reasons I hope it will also be of some interest to Anglo-Saxonists. 

I have left the illustrations used in the original post, which can perhaps be used as an accompaniment to the puiblished paper.

My thanks to Juan Antonio Quiros Castillo (not Lopez as it inexplicably says in the published version, embarrassingly) for the invitation and to everyone else who came for such an interesting day and such a warm welcome in Vitoria.


Distribution map of franciscas

East and West-Germanic
'Tracht' (traditional female

Nouvion en Ponthieu, grave 140

(From a paper I published in 1992:
I no longer regard the brooches
and axes as 'of Germanic origin')


Allegedly Frisian ('west Germanic')
costume of the 5th century (in the
blue ring)
Age and the strength of
the gender-related
significance of grave-goods
assemblages at Ennery
(Lorraine) in the 6th century.
Supposedly Ostrogothic burials in

'Visigothic' Cemeteries in Spain in the
6th century

Political divisions of Iberia, c.560