Photo overlooking the totem pole in the Pitt Rivers Museum


During the Final Honour School, students delve more deeply into the subject areas which have been introduced to them in the first year. They will also decide on which three options they would like to take from the following list of 30 subjects. One option is studied in the second year, two are studied in the third year.

Anglo-Saxon Society & Economy in the Early Christian Period

In AD 600 the peoples who came to be known collectively as ‘the Anglo-Saxons’ were ethnically diverse, politically fragmented and essentially pagan. By 750, they had emerged as one of the major cultures of post-Roman Europe, with towns, a complex and monetized economy and a network of richly-endowed churches. The fusion of Germanic, Celtic and Mediterranean traditions produced a material culture of astonishing richness and originality, including the Sutton Hoo grave goods, the Staffordshire Hoard, the Ruthwell and Bewcastle crosses and the Lindisfarne Gospels. In this course, ‘material culture’ is defined in its widest sense, to include standing buildings, coinage, manuscripts and sculpture, as well as excavated sites and artefacts. A central theme of the course is the rapid transformation of ‘English’ society and culture in response to renewed ties with the rest of Europe, following the conversion to Christianity.

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