Examine all the links, to discover copies in libraries near you, purchase options, and digital downloads. Citations in Chicago style, courtesy of World Cat. Be aware there may be multiple citations in WorldCat for the same book, so don’t be dejected if the first link gives you libraries too far away. In reverse chronological order.

Sayer, Duncan, and Willimas, Howard. 2009. Laws, Funerals and Cemetery Organisation: the seventh-century Kentish family. University of Exeter Press.  This may be a revamping of Duncan Sayer’s 1978 doctoral thesis, Community, kinship and household : an analysis of patterns in early Anglo-Saxon inhumation cemeteries which is available from the British Library EThOS, or perhaps just an extension of that interest. Summary from WorldCat.

Archaeological studies of kinship have been scarce in recent scholarship. Anglo-Saxon archaeology has tended to assume kinship was important without considering how or what the kindred’s role was within society or the burial rite. Recent studies of burial archaeology have focused on topical issues like age, gender or group identity without the context within which they exist: the family and household. This paper will begin to redress this imbalance by comparing the archaeological evidence of two Kentish cemeteries, Mill Hill and Finglesham, with the seventh-century legal sources, also from Kent. I will focus on cemetery organisation by considering grave location, burial wealth and grave structures. This paper builds on research by Heinrich Härke (1997a) who successfully combined written sources and material evidence to offer an insightful and vivid picture of Anglo-Saxon social structure. I will offer the hypothesis that the seventh-century final phase burial rite involved not just a reduction in grave goods but also a transformation in the funerary rite and in the use of cemetery space. I will suggest that this is because the emphasis of the funeral changed from expressing the unity of an extended household to emphasising familial relationships. This shift took place in a time when wealthy kindreds were increasingly in conflict with a newly powerful system of kingdoms.

Hawkes, Sonia Chadwick, and Guy Grainger. 2006. The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Finglesham, Kent. Oxford: School of Archaeology.

Hardbound. 436 pages, 26 B&W plates, 37 tables, and 165 drawings/figures. While the grave catalogue is a ‘product of its time’, being mostly prepared in the 1980s, the introduction by Birte Brugmann helps place it into the full context. Includes grave diagrams, to show where in the grave each item was found, and excellent archaeological drawings of the artefacts by Marion Cox.  Amazing resource in my personal collection. This appears to be mostly out of print – one used copy appears to be available at the moment, for an excellent price. Do not confuse it with the 1958 version from a journal with the same title labeled “a reconsideration”.

Hawkes, Sonia Chadwick, and Mark Pollard. 1981. “The gold Bracteates from sixth-century Anglo-Saxon Graves in Kent, in the Light of a new Find from Finglesham“. Frühmittelalterliche Studien (1981). 15: 316-370.   This is the version published in a German journal, because her earlier English version was so well received. Unfortunately, I haven’t found this available digitally.

Hawkes, Sonia Chadwick. 1977. “Orientation at Finglesham: sunrise dating of death and burial in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in East Kent.”  Archaeologia Cantiana 92 : 33-51. [London]: Kent Archaeological Society.   This line of research has apparently been set aside by the mainstream of Anglo-Saxon scholarship, but was clearly of interest to Sonia Chadwick Hawkes.

Hawkes, Sonia Chadwick, H. R. Ellis Davidson, and Christopher Hawkes. 1965. “The Finglesham Man“. Antiquity. 39 (153): 17-32. Antiquity Journal has back issues online, with this article available, with the following abstract. (available at Wesleyan, near me, perhaps a visit is in order.) If you have institutional log-in credentials with Cambridge Core, you can access a digital version. Registering does not give you the option to purchase that particular article.

The buckle (PL. Iva) was found during the latest season of excavation on the site of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Finglesham [I]. It has not yet been sent for laboratory treatment, but though some of its constructional details are obscured by the corrosion of the bronze backplate, all its other surfaces, including the underside of the loop and tongue and the edges of the ornamental plate, have been protected during the long centuries underground by a layer of very good, bright yellow, gilding. As it lay in the grave, indeed, the metal gleamed with very nearly the incorruptible brilliance of gold itself, and the front of the buckle has since needed only the gentlest of washing to be revealed in its present smooth, glossy and almost unflawed state. The ornament of the plate, thus perfectly preserved in its pristine condition, could at once be seen as something out of the common, and something of the greatest interest for students not only of Germanic art and archaeology, but of Germanic religion and mythology too.

Chadwick, Sonia E. 1958. “The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Finglesham, Kent: a Reconsideration“. Medieval Archaeology. 2 (1): 1-71. Her analysis of the original excavations, which helped inspire further excavations. It is  available online at ADS. It was this article I found in the online files of Medieval Archaeology that inspired my interest in Finglesham.

Whiting, William, and William P.D. Stebbing. 1929 “Jutish Cemetery near Finglesham.” Archaeologia Cantiana 41 : 115-25. [London]: Kent Archaeological Society

The initial report of Whiting & Stebbing’s excavation is of interest, but because it lacks size details in most of the descriptions, the utility for analysis is limited. There are no illustrations. Archaeologia Cantiana is available in many university libraries, although the journal is indexed in multiple ways in WorldCat. Here’s a link with Midwest results. However, nearly the entire series, from 1858 to now are indexed, with many having pdf links.

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