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Saxon King in Lowbury Mound?
- On Lowbury Hill, on the border
between Aston Upthorpe and Aldworth, there is a big Saxon
- A man was buried there in the
late 7th century, next to an old Roman
- The burial mound and the ruined
temple became so well known that the hill was named after them.
Lowbury means 'Burial Mound by the Enclosure (of the Temple)'.
- The man buried there had lots of
things with him: a spear, a
sword, a shield, a knife, a small pair of shears (scissors), a bone comb in a small case and a posh bronze hanging
- They were Saxon types of spear,
sword and shield. The spear and the bowl were decorated with colourful and
expensive enamel work. The Romano-British were good at doing this. The
patterns were Celtic not Saxon.
- The man might have been a king
or chief of the 'Gewissae' (pronounced Yoo-iss-eye). These were a
group of Saxon people living in the Vale of the White
- Archaeologists think the king was
buried on the hill by the old Roman temple to show that, although he
was a Saxon, he ruled over Romano-British people too.
- There were lots of
Romano-British people living in Wallingford
in the valley below the hill. The name means 'Welsh
people's ford'. 'Welsh' is the Saxon word for the Romano-Britons.