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Post by phildidge on Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:16 am

The emancipation of women is generally considered a modern phenomenon, taking hundreds of years for females to achieve equality with men.

But a new burial site in Lincolnshire has shown that women living in England in the Dark Ages were already enjoying high social status, wealth and power in their own right. Archaeologists at the University of Sheffield discovered 20 burials at a cemetery in Scremby, on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire wolds, dating back to the late fifth to mid sixth centuries AD. Around half the graves were females who were found to be richly dressed and surrounded by riches including amber necklaces, hundreds of glass beads, silver buckles and ivory clasps.

Dr Hugh Willmott, Senior Lecturer in European Historical Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, said: “What is particularly interesting is the significant proportion of very lavish burials which belonged to women.

“There are proportionally far more highly furnished female burials, than you might ordinarily expect.

“These women wore necklaces made from sometimes hundreds of amber, glass and rock crystal beads, used personal items such as tweezers, carried fabric bags held open by elephant ivory rings, and wore exquisitely decorated brooches to fasten their clothing.

“In what is often seen as a very masculine ‘warrior’ society, the women were clearly held in high regard.”


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/11/27/anglo-saxon-burial-site-shows-dark-ages-enlightened-times/

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:59 am

I don't know why this is still surprising.  Neutral
it's well established that Most Pagans were far more egalitarian than later Christian societies.


that time period is interesting as it's sort a flux point where you have the Saxon invasion than subsequent conversion to Christianity. these graves seems to be later in the invasion period but before the conversion

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Post by nicko on Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:29 am

"Ivory" did they have that here at this time ?
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