How do we know what
it was like?
have dug up the graves of lots of early Saxon men. Apart from a skeleton,
there was usually only a buckle. The belt had rotted away. But
sometimes other things were buried with
them too, like weapons.
- Men wearing
tunics are shown in pictures on the helmet from the Sutton Hoo ship
- Where the Saxons
came from in Europe, old Saxon bodies have been dug up in bogs. Bogs
are very wet. Cloth sometimes doesn't rot in bogs. Archaeologists have
found Saxons wearing baggy trousers and 'bandages' wound round their
- Roman stone
carvings show Saxon men wearing cloaks. They were usually tied with a
toggle or strings. Brooches to pin them in place are quite rare in
graves of Saxon men.
- We have lots of
drawings in manuscripts and some
carvings (see picture) of later Saxon men.