Hopi Oral Traditions and the Anglo Saxon Migration: serial migration in the European Early MedievalPeriod
Roberts, Christopher M.
Paper given at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (2009)
In the archaeology of early medieval England the migration process of the Anglo-Saxons, or adventus Saxonnum, is a topic of some debate. Two primary models of population movement that explain the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons on British shores remain at issue (for an overview see Hamerow 1997; Higham 1992, 2007; Hills 2007). The first takes ancient sources literally and suggests that the island was overrun by Saxon invaders who wiped out and replaced the contemporary Britons (e.g., Coates 2007; Hamerow 1997), while the second suggests that the migration took place as a small number of elite warriors replaced the crumbling Roman social system and were emulated by the populace.