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Death in
Anglo-Saxon England

Early Anglo-Saxon pagan burials often contain objects which were publicly placed in the grave during the funeral, and perhaps intended for use in the afterlife. A famous example of this is the Sutton Hoo ship burial. Later Christian burials rarely contained objects alongside the body. As the Christian faith spread, and churches were built, people were buried in the churchyard.

The Anglo-Saxons used both burial of the body and cremation as part of the funeral process. Cremated remains were placed in a pot before burial in the ground.


A map of Anglo-Saxon England