The Enigmatic Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial: Fresh Insights from Assemblage Theory

Georgina Pitt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The sumptuous Sutton Hoo ship-burial has been much debated since it was discovered nearly eighty years ago, but there is no consensus on its interpretation. Assemblage theory, with its focus on the linkages between people, places, and objects, and the related concept of 'fittingness', may provide an alternative explanation which accounts for this ship-burial as both archaeological site and historical event. I suggest that this shipburial was a deliberate strategy to cohere and transmit secular political power across the hazardous liminal space between death and succession in troubled times in early seventh-century East Anglia, after the death of King Raedwald.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalPARERGON
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Cite this

Pitt, Georgina. / The Enigmatic Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial : Fresh Insights from Assemblage Theory. In: PARERGON. 2019 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 1-29.
@article{58fa7349d34b49e0aad71e7d883169f9,
title = "The Enigmatic Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial: Fresh Insights from Assemblage Theory",
abstract = "The sumptuous Sutton Hoo ship-burial has been much debated since it was discovered nearly eighty years ago, but there is no consensus on its interpretation. Assemblage theory, with its focus on the linkages between people, places, and objects, and the related concept of 'fittingness', may provide an alternative explanation which accounts for this ship-burial as both archaeological site and historical event. I suggest that this shipburial was a deliberate strategy to cohere and transmit secular political power across the hazardous liminal space between death and succession in troubled times in early seventh-century East Anglia, after the death of King Raedwald.",
keywords = "AGE, ARCHAEOLOGY, TEMPORALITY, CONTEXT, PLACES",
author = "Georgina Pitt",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1353/pgn.2019.0000",
language = "English",
volume = "36",
pages = "1--29",
journal = "PARERGON",
issn = "0313-6221",
publisher = "AUSTRALIAN NZ ASSOC MEDIEVAL EARLY MODERN STUDIES",
number = "1",

}

The Enigmatic Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial : Fresh Insights from Assemblage Theory. / Pitt, Georgina.

In: PARERGON, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2019, p. 1-29.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - The Enigmatic Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial

T2 - Fresh Insights from Assemblage Theory

AU - Pitt, Georgina

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - The sumptuous Sutton Hoo ship-burial has been much debated since it was discovered nearly eighty years ago, but there is no consensus on its interpretation. Assemblage theory, with its focus on the linkages between people, places, and objects, and the related concept of 'fittingness', may provide an alternative explanation which accounts for this ship-burial as both archaeological site and historical event. I suggest that this shipburial was a deliberate strategy to cohere and transmit secular political power across the hazardous liminal space between death and succession in troubled times in early seventh-century East Anglia, after the death of King Raedwald.

AB - The sumptuous Sutton Hoo ship-burial has been much debated since it was discovered nearly eighty years ago, but there is no consensus on its interpretation. Assemblage theory, with its focus on the linkages between people, places, and objects, and the related concept of 'fittingness', may provide an alternative explanation which accounts for this ship-burial as both archaeological site and historical event. I suggest that this shipburial was a deliberate strategy to cohere and transmit secular political power across the hazardous liminal space between death and succession in troubled times in early seventh-century East Anglia, after the death of King Raedwald.

KW - AGE

KW - ARCHAEOLOGY

KW - TEMPORALITY

KW - CONTEXT

KW - PLACES

U2 - 10.1353/pgn.2019.0000

DO - 10.1353/pgn.2019.0000

M3 - Article

VL - 36

SP - 1

EP - 29

JO - PARERGON

JF - PARERGON

SN - 0313-6221

IS - 1

ER -