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Department of Archaeology

AHRC grant win for the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture

Worked in Stone is a Durham Archaeology initiative that has just won £956,000 in funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to complete the seminal Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture.


This 40-year project, led by Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp, is delivering a unique, detailed and comprehensive inventory and analysis of every sculpture fragment in England dating to the 7th to 11th centuries AD. The project has already produced 13 British Academy published volume that give complete coverage of 5000+ individual sculptures from 32 English counties, and offer consistent information on location, discovery, stone type, condition, monument attributes and date.

This award will fund a new and final ambitious phase of work from 2018-2020. Worked in Stone, led by Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp and Professor Sarah Semple, brings together an outstanding interdisciplinary team from five UK universities. Rosemary and Sarah will be joined by Professor Jane Hawkes and Professor Julian Richards from the University of York, Professor Jo Story from Leicester University and Dr Helen Gittos from the University of Oxford. These authors and specialists will complete the research and publication of sculptures from five remaining counties and so provide full national coverage. Our series will deliver comprehensive analysis in a consistent format, on monument form, stone type, decoration and style, location and date with contextual chapters and 1000s of additional, freely available images. The team will use the entire Corpus to pose and answer new questions on patronage and production, aesthetics and meaning, and display and identity, offering unrivalled insights into the religious and political scene of mid-late Anglo-Saxon England.

A major conference, three new British Academy Corpus volumes, a new volume providing an overview and synthesis of the complete data set and a conference proceedings are just some of the promised academic outputs. We will also reach out to the public and new audiences with the release of all our data free via our project website http://www.ascorpus.ac.uk/, with workshops facilitating impact with existing and new stakeholders.