On Wednesday 21 April 2021, I presented a Sheffield Museums Live talk titled: ‘The Barrow Knight and the Search for the Anglo-Saxons: Thomas Bateman’s Early Medieval Archaeology’.
Thomas Bateman (1821-1861) was a pioneer archaeologist who contributed to early Victorian Anglo-Saxonism by uncovering early medieval graves in the Peak District. His publications juxtaposed and contrasted his ‘Anglo-Saxon’ grave-finds with those from prehistoric burials discovered in close proximity. He also identified connections between the early medieval artefacts he had found and the epic Old English poem Beowulf. Given that the finds from Bateman’s barrow-diggings now have pride of place at the Weston Park Museum, including the famous Benty Grange helmet, revisiting Bateman’s work has a direct bearing on archaeology’s ongoing contribution to the study of England’s origins in today’s world.
I reflected on the enduring legacy of Bateman’s barrow-diggings, now on display in the Weston Park Museum, Sheffield.
This is the latest presentation regarding my ongoing research on the origins of Anglo-Saxon archaeology and the legacies of these investigations. For context, see my earlier post on the history of Anglo-Saxon archaeology here.
Thanks so much for Sheffield Museums’ Jessica Shipton for inviting me and expertly hosting the event.
Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2927563630835224