The archaeology of the Early Anglo-Saxon Period has been dominated by the study of graves and cemeteries for practical and easily understood reasons. The Anglo-Saxon culture that superseded Late-Roman material life over most of eastern, Midland and southern England in the 5th to 7th centuries AD included a range of distinctive burial-rites which have left material in the ground that is not only conspicuous when it is disturbed but also often of an eye-catching and intrinsically interesting character.