Anglo-Saxons activity 6: Anglo-Saxon warrior school
In table groups, children find out about Anglo-Saxon warriors using evidence from graves at Dover Hill cemetery. They make armour and weapons and run an Anglo-Saxon warrior school to train their classmates how to fight in battle.
Ask the children to research Anglo-Saxon warriors and their role in society. The research should focus on the different kinds of weapons and armour, how they trained and fought in battle, and whether it evolved from the time of the Dover Hill burials to that of King Harold’s army at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, as witnessed in the Bayeux Tapestry.
Use the warrior graves at Dover Hill Anglo-Saxon cemetery as your starting point. Think about the following questions.
Why do archaeologists think some of these graves are warriors?
What weapons and armour were buried with them? Why?
Why does one have a sword and spear and the others just spears?
Is the place the warrior with the sword is buried significant?
What did warriors do?
Could anyone become a warrior? Why not?
What were weapons and armour made from? Why?
Did weapons and armour change over the Anglo-Saxon period?
Were weapons and armour in 1066 different from Dover Hill?