8.5 Material culture of identity

The things that people wear and use on a daily basis are ways of negotiating and displaying who they are and in what ways they define themselves. Some of the most diagnostic ‘Anglo-Saxon’ and Viking Age material culture is covered in other sections (SESARF 8.4.3 Burial traditions; SESARF 8.3.4 Craft production; and SESARF 8.6 Conflict). In this section, items of dress, everyday life and Christian belief that have been found throughout the SESARF region will be explored for the ways in which they communicate the identities of their owners.

8.5.1 Dress

8.5.2 Everyday life

8.5.3 Christian belief

The interactive map below shows some of the key sites that are mentioned in this section.