Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

A Migration era cemetery in Germany

The MailOnline has a report about a major archaeological discovery in Saxony-Anhalt. It is  a burial of a chieftain, his wives or concubines, animals and treasures surrounded by sixty other graves. The suggested date is assigned to between 480 and 530. Hailed as the most important discovery in forty years it has survived undisturbed thanks to time and chance as the article explains. In that respect and in terms of the material goods it might be seen as analogous to the Sutton Hoo ship burial from this country.

The illustrated article can be seen at Ancient Germanic lord is unearthed in a 1,500-year-old tomb

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