EAA 95: Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: Excavations and Surveys 1824-1992 (East Anglian Archaeology Monograph)
In 1985 a research project was initiated under the aegis of theSnape Historical Trust. Excavations have shown the site to be amixed cremation and inhumation cemetery. Amongst the inhumations,a wide variety of burial practices has been noted, including theuse of two, and possibly three, dugout logboats as burialcontainers. Other graves made extensive use of organics, in someinstances of textile, including the first observed use ofRippenkoper weave in England (grave 37). The grave-goods werewithin the normal range of material to be expected in anAnglo-Saxon cemetery, more exotic finds including a lyre (grave32) and a horse's head with tack (grave 47). Finds show thecremation burials to date from the late 5th to 7th centuries, andthe inhumations to date from the mid 6th to 7th centuries. Otherfeatures excavated included ring-ditches, some associated withinhumations, and six burnt stone features, apparently surroundingmound 4.
This report attempts to publish all the material known to havebeen excavated from the cemetery although the urns and theircontents from the 18623 excavations have become dispersed overthe years and many undoubtedly lost. The 1970 and 1972 finds havealso been re-examined, re-drawn and are here republished.Thefinal draft of the text was submitted by the authors in May 1998.