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An Anglo-Saxon woman’s key

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The graves of Anglo-Saxon men and women differed in some of the sorts of objects they contained. These differences provide archaeologists with indications of how the roles of men and women were represented, but do not necessarily mean that any individual man or woman played precisely this role. This selection of objects provides opportunities to discuss some of these representations of gender.

Beads from woman's grave

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Blue glass beads from a woman’s grave in Wiltshire; AD 400s500s.

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Copper alloy tweezers

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Copper alloy tweezers from Bedfordshire; AD 400s500s.

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Spindle-whorl from woman’s grave

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Glass spindle-whorl from a woman’s grave in Berkshire; AD 400s500s.

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Glass beaker from woman’s grave

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Glass beaker from a woman’s grave in Bedfordshire; AD 400500s.

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Spear from a man’s grave

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Spear from a man’s grave in Great Chesterford, Essex; AD 500s.

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Gaming pieces from a burial

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Gaming pieces from a man’s burial at Taplow, Buckinghamshire; late AD 500s.

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Beaver tooth pendant

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Beaver tooth pendant from a woman’s grave in Derbyshire; AD 600s.

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An Anglo-Saxon woman’s key