Anglo-Saxon Offering for the Dead

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 15 May 2016

This large copper alloy bowl is filled with hazelnuts. It had been placed in a burial, perhaps as a symbolic offering or provision for the dead from the mourners who set out the grave. This vessel and its contents provides a glimpse into Anglo-Saxon beliefs and burial rituals. From Great Chesterford, UK. Circa 500-600 CE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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