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Ad Gefrin


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    "Ad Gefrin is arguably one of the most important Anglo-Saxon sites in the country. Northumbria was one of four main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms during the 7th century, and Ad Gefrin is the best-known excavated example of a royal centre of the kings of Northumbria. Not only is Ad Gefrin renowned for its secular importance during the reign of King Edwin, but it was here that Christianity first found a foothold in the north; events that were subsequently recorded by the Venerable Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. However, the origins of Ad Gefrin stretch back much further in time. Excavations at the site uncovered archaeology from Neolithic times suggesting that this land has been occupied for over 4,000 years. The power base for these early leaders was not always on the low-lying ground at Ad Gefrin. High above the site sits the largest hillfort in Northumberland and it is here that the origins of the Anglo-Saxon royal centre can be found. Past Perfect:" Photo by Ken Bagnall, 2011.
  • Owner

    Ken Bagnall
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 1 month ago
    Viewed: 625 times
    Picture Taken: 2011-03-13
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