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 Much of this material was previously unpublished, and is of crucial importance in helping identify the earliest settlements and artistic achievements of the Anglo-Saxon/Pre-Norman English.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 grave-markers.

From Books to Online

Durham University, under the guidance of Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp, supported by more than thirty researchers spread throughout the country, has, since 1977, coordinated the production of a series of bound, detailed and fully illustrated volumes that provide coverage of every Anglo-Saxon Sculpture in England, thus far covering some 33 historic English counties. In recent years, with the support of the AHRC, British Academy and the Aurelius Trust, the project has sought to release the data from Volumes I-VII online, as a searchable catalogue, accompanied by digital images, and to provide the book chapters in a digital format. The data available on this website is the result.

Worked in Stone

In 2018 the project won substantial funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to enable the completion of the project. Across 2018 to 2020 we will complete full coverage of every Anglo-Saxon sculpture in England, bringing to press remaining published volumes on Derbyshire and Staffordshire (XIII), the East Midlands (XIV), Cambridgeshire (XV) and Norfolk and Suffolk (XVI). In addition, working with the Archaeological Data Service, we will complete the online release of the full catalogues for every region and archive the data so it remains readily accessible as a free resource for academics and the public alike.

Project Sponsors

The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Headley Trust, part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, and by the British Academy, with additional funding from the Pilgrim Trust. Funding from the AHRC will now enable the completion of the project in book and digital form and facilitate a series of workshops and a final project conference. The online release of volumes 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). The full online release of our digital data has now been made possible by substantial funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.