The goal of ieldran: The Early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Mapping Project is to display all burials in England that date from the mid-5th to early 7th centuries CE with relevant information about each location. While there are numerous studies that have covered this period, there are no open access or shared databases of sites. With this in mind ieldran, meaning ‘ancestors’ in Old English, was created to provide an online geospatial database of all excavated cemeteries from Early Anglo-Saxon England.

About Katy and Matt's entry

Ieldran aspires to be a digital ‘sum of all knowledge’ of early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.  While these sites have long been subjects of archaeological investigation, the majority remain inaccessible and isolated, particularly for researches without access to UK-based resources and collections.  Meyers and Austin’s work is a gift to the research community, collating all published research on every cemetery site (under creative commons license, no-less).  For the first time these important sites can be directly compared, cross-referenced and queried – by anyone.  Their work opens up this ‘buried’ subject to unexpected and excited scholarship and creative work.

ieldran - Screenshot - Katy M Meyers and Matt Austin

AuthorIan Kirkpatrick