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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings$
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James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264508

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.001.0001

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Anglo-Saxon, Irish and British Relations: Hanging-Bowls Reconsidered

Anglo-Saxon, Irish and British Relations: Hanging-Bowls Reconsidered

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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Susan Youngs

British Academy

This chapter examines the origin of the enamelled hanging-bowls discovered in Sutton Hoo and their implications for understanding Anglo-Saxon, Irish, and British relations. It suggests that such bowls were originally made in some of the most prosperous centres of British Britain from the mid-sixth century, and that the fashion for them was exported to Ireland much later than the first wave of brooches and pins of around the year 400. The chapter contends that the problem concerning the origin of the bowls can be resolved by the suggestion that it was on both sides of the northern Irish Sea littoral that Viking raiders found hanging-bowls and enamelled buckets.

Keywords:   hanging-bowls, Sutton Hoo, Anglo-Saxon, Irish sea littoral, Viking raiders, brooches

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