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Migration and DisruptionsToward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations$
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Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060804

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060804.001.0001

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The Anglo-Saxon Migration

The Anglo-Saxon Migration

An Archaeological Case Study of Disruption

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Migration and Disruptions

Catherine Hills

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain during the fifth century AD. The key question is the extent to which there was migration from northern Europe to what became England, and whether that took place on such a scale that the later population of England, the English, can be regarded as different from the other peoples of Britain because they had a different ancestry. Recent analysis has identified similarities between cemeteries in England, such as Spong Hill, and North German cemeteries, which demonstrate the transfer of ideas and practice on a scale that must have involved the movement of people, and also represent long-term interaction across the North Sea. However, the post-Roman history of Britain varied considerably from one region to another, which must be taken into account in any use of the “Adventus Saxonum” as a case study in a historical discussion of migration.

Keywords:   Anglo-Saxon, Fifth century AD, Britain, Spong Hill, Cemeteries, Post-Roman, Adventus Saxonum

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