Excavations at Mucking: Volume 2

BookExcavations at Mucking: Volume 2

Excavations at Mucking: Volume 2

The Anglo-Saxon settlement

English Heritage


January 15th, 2013

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The complex multi-period archaeological landscape at Mucking provided the first opportunity, between 1965 and 1978, to excavate an Anglo-Saxon settlement and associated cemeteries simultaneously. With two cemeteries, at least 53 posthole buildings, and over 200 sunken huts (Grubenhäuser), Mucking remains the most extensive Anglo-Saxon settlement excavated to date, and one of the earliest. The distribution of finds and pottery suggests a gradually shifting settlement, beginning in the early fifth century as a relatively dense group of buildings at the southern end of the site, then gradually moving northwards in the course of the sixth and seventh centuries. The latest recognisable phase, datable at least to the end of the seventh century, consisted of a number of widely dispersed farmsteads. This report concentrates on the structures and artefacts from the settlement, and gives special consideration to developments in the ceramic assemblage. Specialist contributions examine the environment and technological evidence, for example plant and animal resources and metalworking technology. The discussion focuses on changes in the size and layout of this community, which was situated at the interface of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Kent and Essex, its historical and geographical contexts, and its relationship to the preceding Romano-British landscape. This report includes a full inventory of the finds and pottery in their contexts.

Author Information

Helena Hamerow is Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Her many publications include Rural Settlements and Society in Anglo-Saxon England (OUP 2012) and with D. Hinton and S. Crawford (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (OUP 2011).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Front cover1
Half title2
Title page4
List of illustrations7
List of tables8
Preface and acknowledgements9
Chapter 1 - Introduction12
Chapter 2 - Structural evidence19
Chapter 3 - The pottery33
Chapter 4 - Small finds71
Chapter 5 - Environmental and technological evidence85
Chapter 6 - The spatial development of Anglo-Saxon Mucking97
Chapter 7 - The historical and topographical contexts of Mucking reconsidered104
Chapter 8 - The inventory of features and finds112
Fold-out illustrations341
Fig 195341