The Corpus

The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture identifies, records and publishes in a consistent format, English sculpture dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries. Much of this material was previously unpublished, and is of crucial importance in helping identify the earliest settlements and artistic achievements of the Anglo-Saxon/Pre-Norman English. The Corpus documents the earliest Christian field monuments from free-standing carved crosses and innovative decorative elements, to humble grave-markers.

From Books to Online

A reliable and comprehensive catalogue of Anglo-Saxon sculpture has long been needed - by archaeologists, art historians, historians and place-name specialists, and interested non-specialists alike. Durham University, under the guidance of Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp, supported by more than thirty researchers spread throughout the country, has coordinated the production of a series of bound volumes documenting the sculpture in almost every English country. Please note that the information contained on this website is as provided in the original printed volumes and so may not reflect later archaeological developments.

Project Sponsors

The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture is supported by the Headley Trust, part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, and by the British Academy, with additional funding from the Pilgrim Trust and the AHRC. The online release of Volumes I-VI has been made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (1999-2004), The British Academy (ongoing), The Aurelius Trust (2013-14) and Durham University (2013).