2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

A Curvilinear Perspective: Celtic Influences in Anglo-Saxon Metalworking
Paige M. Allinson
Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Sara Orel, and Dr. Adam Davis, Faculty Mentors

When the Anglo-Saxons invaded England in the fifth century, they did not invade an uninhabited land. Rather, a native population, the Romano-British, inhabited England, who vastly outnumbered the invading Anglo-Saxons. Despite the presence of a native people and their large numbers, it has long been accepted by scholars that the Anglo-Saxons drove out the native culture as evidenced by an apparent lack of native culture in Anglo-Saxon society. However, both cultures had a rich tradition of fine metalworking, which played an important role in both native and Anglo-Saxon society. Through a close examination of both Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon metal working techniques, materials, and decorative styles, it can be seen that Anglo-Saxon metal works borrowed elements from the native Romano-British metalworking tradition.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, metal working

Topic(s):Art - Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 106-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 8:00

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