Information for record number MWA2679:
Site of Migration Cemetery 500m E of Baginton Church

Summary The site of a cemetery containing Anglo Saxon cremation burials and inhumations dating to the Migration or Early Medieval periods. Brooches, tweezers, and buckles were amongst the objects found with the burials. The cemetery was situated to the east of Baginton.
What Is It?  
Type: Cemetery, Cremation, Inhumation, Burial
Period: Anglo-Saxon (410 AD - 1065 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Baginton
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 34 74
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 Burials were found in the course of the working of Hall Pit. The cemetery probably also extends into the Hall grounds and SW of Hall Pit. Most of the Burials were cremations; about 60 urns were recovered. Some were buried at about 0.3m and had lost their tops to the plough. The larger urns were buried rather deeper but none below 1.2m. Several cremations were in bronze bowls. Several urns contained the remains of burnt objects such as brooches, a comb, tweezers and toilet articles. There were also at least thirteen inhumations indicated by mandibles, although little else in the way of bone survived. A number of bronze bowls were found including one of late 5th/early 6th century date. Brooches included an applied example, disc, penannular, trefoil, cross pattee derivative, small long, large square-headed, square headed and one late florid brooch. Two small wooden buckets with bronze fittings were found, along with amber, glass and paste beads and wrist clasps.
3 In Coventry Museum are about twelve boxes of cremation and inhumation skeletal material; 42 fairly complete cremation urns; fourteen undecorated accessory vessels; 48 brooches; two pairs and three fragments of wrist-clasps; five girdle-hangers; c3 bead necklaces; a crystal bead; various strap-ends, buckles and tweezers; a mended bronze hanging bowl with four red-enamelled escutcheons; fragments of two or three other bowls; a pair of bronze-bound wooden buckets and fragments of possibly two more; c10 shield bosses; c25 spearheads and c6 'knives or daggers'.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Ant J
Author/originator: Edwards J H
Date: 1935
Page Number: 109-12
Volume/Sheet: 15
Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Gazetteer of Early Anglo Saxon Burials
Author/originator: Meaney A
Date: 1964
Page Number: 257
Source No: 4
Source Type: Photograph
Title: Anglo Saxon cremation site at Baginton
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Serial
Title: PCNHSS vol 2 no 1
Author/originator: Edwards J H
Date: 1948
Page Number: 48-53
Volume/Sheet: 2:1
An Anglo Saxon cremation urn found during excavations of a cemetery site near Bagington
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument CREMATION * A funeral rite in which the human body is burnt, usually on a pyre, leaving fragmentary charred or completely combusted remains. Often found buried, occasionally in a container associated with grave goods. back
monument TOILET * A small room or building containing a lavatory and, in more recent times, washing facilities. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CREMATION BURIAL * The site of the formal burial of cremated bone, sometimes 'urned' in a vessel or casket of glass, wood or, more commonly, ceramic. back
monument INHUMATION * An interment of unburnt, articulated human remains. Use specific type where known. back
monument URN * A garden ornament, usually of stone or metal, designed in the the form of a vase used to receive the ashes of the dead. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument CEMETERY * An area of ground, set apart for the burial of the dead. back
monument SQUARE * An open space or area, usually square in plan, in a town or city, enclosed by residential and/or commercial buildings, frequently containing a garden or laid out with trees. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back

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