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Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World$
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Michael D. J. Bintley and Michael G. Shapland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680795.001.0001

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The Wooden Drinking Vessels in the Sutton Hoo Assemblage

The Wooden Drinking Vessels in the Sutton Hoo Assemblage

Materials, Morphology, and Usage

(p.106) (p.107) 5 The Wooden Drinking Vessels in the Sutton Hoo Assemblage
Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World

Martin G. Comey

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Whether it was a grave or a cenotaph, the burial chamber inside Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo was equipped with the apparatus necessary for feasting, including several sets of drinking vessels. Two sets of wooden drinking vessels and a pair of drinking horns accompanied silver and bronze bowls, as well as dishes and cauldrons, a large wooden tub, and three buckets. The wooden vessels are the products of skilled turners and coopers, and are fitted with ornamental metalwork. The wood species used were clearly selected according to aesthetic criteria and all the vessels are finished to as high standard. We know the names of at least some of the alcoholic beverages available at the time and the varied form, capacity, and materials of the drinking vessels suggests that they had specific purposes. These purposes might be represented in some sense by the placement of the vessels within the funerary assemblage.

Keywords:   Sutton Hoo, wood, drinking, bowls

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