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Social and economic complexity in early medieval England: a central place complex of the East Anglian kingdom at Rendlesham, Suffolk

  • Christopher Scull (a1), Faye Minter (a2) and Judith Plouviez (a2)

Fieldwork at Rendlesham in Suffolk has identified a major central place complex of the early–middle Anglo-Saxon periods. This has particular significance in the light of Bede's eighth-century reference to a ‘royal settlement’ at Rendlesham and the princely burial site at nearby Sutton Hoo. This interim report summarises the archaeology, and considers the wider interpretative issues relating to economic complexity and social diversity.

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