anglo-saxon glass, west stow


The East is filled with Anglo-Saxon history. A fine example is this Anglo-Saxon glass, discovered in a grave during building work in Westgarth Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.

This object is evidence of Anglo-Saxon trade, as glass was not produced in Britain at this time. Glass was produced abroad, imported and traded by travelling merchants. This beaker was probably produced in a glass workshop in France, Belgium or Germany. As glass vessels like this one were both rare and costly, we can infer that its Anglo-Saxon owner would have been of high status.

Cone beakers may well have been used at feasts. Their conical design would have fuelled the Anglo-Saxons’ love of drinking: in the absence of a flat base on which to rest the beaker, you would have had to down your drink in one, before resting the beaker upside down on its rim.

You can see this item at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

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