- Project Dates: From January 2011 to December 2015
- Project Leader: Dr Rob Collins
- Sponsors: Newcastle University, Durham University
- Partners: Dr Sarah Semple (Durham University)
Recent discoveries of early Anglo-Saxon objects reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in the North East of England have highlighted new and important archaeological sites dating to the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries.
This was a period that saw the demise of the Roman rule of Britain and the formation of new English kingdoms.
The kingdom of Northumbria is known for its amazing artistic achievements, like the Rothbury Cross and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
It is also knows for the world-leading scholars of its monastic foundations, for example Alcuin and Bede. However, little is known about the origins of the kingdom.
This project is exploring the roots of Northumbria, examining the new artefacts that have been brought to light, and investigating their context in the landscape, with a focus on mortuary archaeology.