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An Anglo-Saxon carved box

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When the Anglo-Saxons settled in England, not all the Romano-British inhabitants were wiped out or driven west to Wales or Ireland. It is likely that many if not most British stayed where they were and integrated into the new Anglo-Saxon world. Later, Anglo-Saxon kings used Roman imagery to liken themselves to Roman emperors and to publicise their ambitions and status. Here is a selection of Anglo-Saxon objects with Roman connections.

Glass beaker in Roman style

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From the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Mucking, Essex; AD 400s.

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A Roman auxiliary soldier's belt buckle

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From the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Mucking, Essex; AD 400s.

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Pendant with Roman garnet cameo

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From the AD 600s. The cameo may have been traded from Byzantium (modern Istanbul), capital of the eastern Roman empire.

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Gold pendant

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From Suffolk with the image of a Roman emperor and of Romulus and Remus and the earliest Anglo-Saxon runes; AD 400s.

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Coin of the Empress Helena

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Imitation, found in Lincolnshire; AD 500s or 600s.

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Coin of Cynethryth, wife of King Offa

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Late AD 700s

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An Anglo-Saxon carved box