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dc.contributor.authorMontgomery, Janet
dc.contributor.authorEvans, J.A.
dc.contributor.authorPowesland, D.
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Charlotte A.
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-20T13:21:02Z
dc.date.available2009-10-20T13:21:02Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationMontgomery, J., Evans, J.A., Powesland, D. and Roberts, C.A. (2005). Continuity or Colonization in Anglo-Saxon England? Isotope Evidence for Mobility, Subsistence, Practice and Status at West Heslerton. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Vol. 126, No. 2. pp. 123-138.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/3704
dc.descriptionNoen
dc.description.abstractThe adventus Saxonum is a crucial event in English protohistory. Scholars from a range of disciplines dispute the scale and demographic profile of the purported colonizing population. The 5th-7th century burial ground at West Heslerton, North Yorkshire, is one of the few Anglian cemeteries where an associated settlement site has been identified and subjected to extensive multidisciplinary postexcavation study. Skeletal and grave good evidence has been used to indicate the presence of Scandinavian settlers. A small, preliminary study using lead and strontium isotope analysis of tooth enamel, mineralized in early childhood, from Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (n = 8), Iron Age (n = 2), and Early Anglo-Saxon (n = 32) skeletons, was carried out to directly investigate this hypothesis. Results suggest that lead provides dissimilar types of information in different time periods. In post-Roman England, it appears to reflect the level of exposure to circulated anthropogenic rather than natural geological lead, thus being a cultural rather than geographical marker. Consequently, only strontium provides mobility evidence among the Anglian population, whereas both isotope systems do so in pre-Roman periods. Strontium data imply the presence of two groups: one of local and one of nonlocal origin, but more work is required to define the limits of local variation and identify immigrants with confidence. Correlations with traditional archaeological evidence are inconclusive. While the majority of juveniles and prehistoric individuals fall within the local group, both groups contain juveniles, and adults of both sexes. There is thus no clear support for the exclusively male, military-elite invasion model at this site.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.20111en
dc.subjectAnglian cemeteryen
dc.subjectMigration Perioden
dc.subjectEnamelen
dc.subjectStrontiumen
dc.subjectLeaden
dc.subjectIsotope analysisen
dc.subjectTIMSen
dc.titleContinuity or Colonization in Anglo-Saxon England? Isotope Evidence for Mobility, Subsistence, Practice and Status at West Heslerton.en
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen
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