Bishopstone, Sussex – A Quiet, Rural Anglo-Saxon Village? What the Human Remains Tell Us


 Bishopstone, Sussex – A Quiet, Rural Anglo-Saxon Village? What the Human Remains Tell Us

Archer, Louise

Master of Science, Department of Anthropology, University of Kent, April 4 (2007)


The main part of this thesis is the analysis of the human skeletal remains from the late Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Bishopstone, Sussex. During the preliminary stages of the skeletal analysis, it became apparent that the Bishopstone collectionshowed many incidents of trauma and disease. To establish just how high this pathology frequency is, the Bishopstone data was compared to that of two other populations, Raunds [13] and St. Nicholas Shambles [87]. This comparison didshow a significantly higher pathology frequency for Bishopstone. Several possible explanations are explored, of which the most convincing, at this point in time, isthat medical treatment was available in Bishopstone.

This medical treatment mayhave been supplemented with the presence of reliquaries in the church. This text also includes the description and discussion of two cases of, to date, unique surgery to the leg, along with many other cases of pathology. In conclusion it is necessaryto collect more data from the Bishopstone skeletal remains and to continue the comparison with more late Anglo-Saxon populations, in the hope to deny orconfirm the presence of medical treatment in late Anglo-Saxon Bishopstone

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Sharan Newman