Invitation from Marlow Archaeology
Buckinghamshire’s Saxon Prince: the burial at Taplow
by Leslie Webster – former Keeper Dept. of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum
The burial mound in the old churchyard at Taplow, excavated in 1883, contains an early 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial, from a time of great political and religious change in England. The princely burial contained a rich and varied collection of grave goods, now in the British Museum, similar in quality and date to those at Sutton Hoo.
The story of how it came to be excavated is one of the most poignant and tantalising in the annals of Anglo-Saxon archaeology. Examination and comparisons with the other princely burials at Sutton Hoo and Prittlewell, reveal the exceptional nature of the burial, and its significance, both regionally and in a national context.
Leslie Webster is a specialist in Anglo-Saxon art and archaeology. She was formerly senior curator of the Early Medieval collections at the British Museum, and Keeper of its Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She has co-curated several major joint BM/BL exhibitions on Anglo-Saxon and early medieval themes, as well as coordinating a series of international exhibitions for the European Science Foundation’s Transformation of the Roman WorldProject, and an exhibition on The Anglo-Saxon Feast at the Sutton Hoo Centre. She has lectured and published widely; her most recent books include Anglo-Saxon Art: a New History (British Museum Press and Cornell University Press), and The Franks Casket (British Museum Press) both published in 2012. Amongst other current research projects, she is a contributor to the Staffordshire Hoard publication (forthcoming June 2019), of which she is also co-editor.
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