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H 255 x W 206 mm

106 pages

4 tables, 24 figures, 6 colour plates

Published Mar 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781789694086

Digital: 9781789694093

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Anglo-Saxon; Work Boxes; Christian reliquaries; Catalogue; Typology

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Early Anglo-Saxon Christian Reliquaries

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This volume presents a corpus and discussion of seventy-one Anglo-Saxon copper-alloy containers from forty-nine sites across England dating to the seventh and possibly eighth centuries, and variously described as work boxes, needle cases, amulet containers or Christian reliquaries.



Introduction ;
Archaeological and Scientific Dating Evidence ;
Tables ;
Artefact Distribution Map ;
Technical Details Type I ;
Design and Manufacturing Techniques I ;
Corpus of Type I boxes ;
Technical Details Type II ;
Design and Manufacturing Techniques II ;
Corpus of Type II boxes ;
Technical Details Type III ;
Design and Manufacturing Techniques III ;
Corpus of Type III boxes ;
Fragments and Component Parts ;
Secular Art or Sacred Symbols? ;
What are they? ;
The final deposition of reliquaries ;
Appendix: Children’s Inhumation Grave Assemblages ;
Acknowledgements ;

About the Author

Anthony Gibson left school without educational qualifications and secured an apprenticeship with an engineering firm. After National Service served in Korea and the Far East with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, he started an engineering company. Here he remained as Managing Director until 2003 when a larger organisation purchased the company. In 1983, following a lifelong interest in archaeology and history, he enrolled at the University of Keele and obtained a diploma in Archaeology. Four years later he was accepted as a mature student at the University of Nottingham where he completed a BA(Hons) and MPhil in the subject.