Kentish Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods in the Sonia Hawkes Archive

This resource includes many of the graves discovered by antiquarians and archaeologists in the 18th & 19th Centuries, but described and analyzed with modern expectations. The archive also includes the older notes and sketches, as well as fresh photos and drawings.

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CantawareDKent is the county and once kingdom in South-East England, closest to the European mainland, which had many ties to the Frankish world. As such, their personal style and dress accessories differ from the other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

The Reverend Bryan Faussett began his efforts in excavating Anglo-Saxon burial sites throughout Kent in 1757 and continued up until the last few years of his life, dying in 1776. During that time he uncovered about 750 graves. His collection was sold by his grandson in 1855 to Joseph Mayer, who had details published in 1856 as Inventorium Sepulchrale.  (Available for free download). The collection and research notes are now a significant part of the Anglo-Saxon collection at the World Museum at Liverpool. But the Novum Inventorium Sepulchrale is the primary way that collection is shared with the world.

The database also includes other Kentish graves excavated in the 19th C, which have not been published elsewhere to modern standards. It was first published online in 2007.

This website, made possible by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council . . . It is hoped that it will enable future generations of researchers to gain a better understanding of the origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. – Novum Inventorium Sepuchrale

This website is also available in Deutsch.

One of the great things about this database is that you can search for an object or material based on the modernly accepted term, the antiquarian term, or the way that Sonia Chadwick Hawkes described it. Even better, they have a user’s guide, which explains the history behind the finds, and how it is organized and constructed. Be sure to read their Tips on How to use the Database Search. Happy hunting.