Some Historians make mention of their origins from the mainland of Europe, but most just leave their pre-English history a mysterious blank.
The heavily moustached faces of Hengest and Horsa looked out over these strange new shores, littered with imperial detritus. The facts are simply stated. When charred crop deposits are excavated from Romano-British settlements, the wheat component is practically always dominated by one type: Yet from the 5th century AD onwards, in deposits from Anglo-Saxon settlements, bread wheat takes its place, dominating the wheats to the near-total exclusion of spelt — as it has done, pretty much, ever since.
Spelt wheat Bread wheat Triticum aestivum L. Perhaps most important to mention in a food blog is the fact that, although both wheats are versatile foodstuffs, their chief talents lie in different dietary directions.
The key culinary attraction of bread wheat, from a modern bread-eating perspective, is that it makes a well-risen, better-leavened loaf. So if this interpretation is to hold water, we have to ask: Could the end of Roman administration have been accompanied by an abrupt change in eating and farming habits?
But what about the rural folk — is it plausible that their habits changed so quickly? One answer is that, yes, habits did change, because the populace itself was changing. This is the traditional historical response: Different people had their own traditions, and therefore different crops and diets, just as they used different pottery, wore different brooches, and spoke a different language.
Also, and most relevant to the spelt question, archaeologists no longer envisage Saxon farmers carving out new virgin farmland amid the ruins of Britannia.
Pollen analyses and landscape studies now suggest that much of the countryside remained continuously occupied and farmed from the Romano-British through to the Anglo-Saxon period. At the very least, we might expect something of a transitional period.
Are there any signs of this in the archaeological record? Well, an increase in the occurrence of bread wheat has been observed among some Late Roman sites. According to the usual chronologies, spelt disappears practically overnight.
If nothing else, that seems like a pretty risky farming strategy, even if bread wheat had started becoming more popular. So maybe, just maybe, the Anglo-Saxons did eat more spelt — that is, more spelt than we usually credit them with. This idea is still a bit controversial, a bit speculative, but it needs to be taken seriously.
And yet, for some time now, the evidence for apparently genuine Anglo-Saxon spelt has been growing. As early asarchaeobotanist F. Green identified spelt in 9th century deposits in Gloucester, and grains have since appeared at Saxon settlements at Yarnton OxfordshireBishopstone SussexHarston CambridgeshireLyminge Kentand other sites — rarely in great numbers, it must be said, but frequently enough to deserve closer attention.The result is the definitive introduction to the Anglo-Saxon world, enhanced with a rich array of photographs, maps, genealogies, and other illustrations.
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Dec 01, · Beowulf: The Anglo-Saxon Thor Any student versed in both Norse and Anglo-Saxon literatures may immediately recognise similarities between the Norse god Thor and the Anglo-Saxon hero, Beowulf. The text of Beowulf, it may be observed, suggests all throughout many parallelisms not only in the stories of the two characters, but also in the.
Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World Edited by Michael D. J. Bintley and Michael G. Shapland Medieval History and Archaeology.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The Anglo-Saxons were skilled and flexible craftsmen in timber, but their buildings are commonly reconstructed either as crude and unsophisticated huts or as elaborately decorated halls.
This chapter questions this binary distinction, seeking to emphasize the flexibility and adaptability of Anglo-Saxon building practice through close analysis of the layout and execution of excavated structures. Prominent Anglo - Saxon burials that have since been discovered and excavated include the early cemetery There are also examples of decapitated corpses who have been buried in ordinary The Middle Anglo - Saxon period is a term applied to the years between circa and CE..