Cambridge course paper. Need to use these references at a min: The Anglo-Saxon World The Northern Danelaw Anglo-Saxon Chronicle The Church of Anglo-Saxon Society The Scale and Impact of Viking Settlement in Northumbria (journal Medieval Archaeology) Bands of brothers: a re-appraisal of the Viking Great Army and its implications for the Scandinavian colonization of England (Early Medieval Europe Ben Raffield)
Discuss the wider archaeological importance of two specific examples of dress accessories from the Anglo-Saxon/Viking period (400-1100 AD). (Both examples must be from one of these two periods). Compare and contrast the examples you have chosen and make sure to also include information on their circumstances of discovery, their archaeological contexts (if known), and their basic typology and chronology.
Identify two theoretical approaches that we discussed in class since processualism.
Provide the names of key people associated with each approach (and include pertinent references). Describe the differences between each approach and any common ground they might share. Also, what strengths does each theory offer as an analytical framework in archaeology? What are some of the drawbacks of each theory?
Describe how each approach is different from – and developed out of – previous archaeological practice.
Discuss where you see archaeological theory heading in the next 5 to 10 years. Do you see further diversification (a symphony of approaches), or are there too many cooks in the kitchen? Perhaps you see a middle road? What’s “the next big thing” or do you predict the “death of theory” altogether? Take a position and be sure to support your argument with examples (citations) from your readings. Be sure to develop a thesis and to work it through your analysis.