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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 02:09 AM
I read once that the ancient Anglo-Saxons cremated the dead.. Can anyone give more insight into my statement? What exactly did the ancient Anglo-Saxons do?:|

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 02:16 AM
I'm fairly certain that by the time the "Anglo-Saxon" had settled in England they had discontinued cremation of the dead and only buried them.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 02:21 AM
No, there are some examples, along with 'mixed rite' cemetaries, including both cremated and interred burials.

see Hills, C. 1980: 'Anglo-Saxon cremation cemetaries with particular reference to Spong Hill, Norfolk.' in Rahtz, Dickinson and Watts [eds] 1980, Anglo-Saxon Cemetaries, [BAR 82] 197-207