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  •  I think that you are probably right about a lot (17+ / 0-)

    of this. There has been a lot of ink spilled about the timing, nature, and extent of the Anglo-Saxon "invasion". The problem is made more difficult because the post-Roman Britons in eastern England are, to a great degree, archaeologically invisible. The major Roman pottery industries in Britain ended around or shortly after 400 CE, and the widespread use of coinage ended in the early 5th century. The idea of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes comes from Bede who was writing in Northumbria in the early 8th century CE, about 300 years after the fact. Archaeologists have spent lots of time trying to identify artifacts as "Anglian", "Saxon:, and "Jutish" without a lot of success. With the exception of Wroxeter, most of the Roman towns and cities appears to have ceased functioning as urban centers some time in the early 5th century. However, there are Anglo-Saxon sites located near these Roman centers. For example, the late Roman (4th century) town of Icklingham is located only about a mile from the early Anglo-Saxon village of West Stow.

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