Anglo Saxons. History. Anglo-Saxons Angles and Saxons invaded Britain from Germany, took over a large part of the country Descendants of earlier “vikings” and other warrior/seafaring societies. King Alfred
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How do we know about the Anglo Saxons?
Treasure at Sutton Hoo
Houses were simple structures made of wood. Thatched roofs and windows were rare.
The leader (chieftain / eorl) would often have a large hall in the center of the village
Families would be responsible for growing/raising their own food.
They were farmers, but also hunted and fished.
Women would often tend the field alongside the men.
Anglo-Saxon society was social.
Socializing would take place in a central hall—it would often be large enough for the whole village to be able to go inside.
Combat tended to be brutal and short. Shields played a key role in protecting the warriors.