How do we know what
it was like?
have dug up the graves of lots of early Saxon women. They each
contained a skeleton; but there were other things buried with the dead
- Cloth and
leather rot quickly when put in the ground. Metal and glass don't.
Things made of metal and glass have been found by archaeologists.
- The position of
things found in graves show where they were worn.
- Some women had metal clasps at the
wrists to fasten the sleeves of
a simple blouse. Other women may have worn short-sleeves.
- Brooches at the
shoulders pinned two sides of a tubular dress together.
- A large fancy
brooch is sometimes found on the chest. This was to pin together a
- Lots of beads
are often found across the chest. Strings of beads were very pretty.
They were usually made of brightly coloured glass.
- Saxon women had
'girdle hangers' and other useful items hanging from a belt around the
waist. The belts rotted away, but buckles survived.
- Saxons from
different areas wore slightly different types of clothes: Like
different people from different countries today.
- We have lots of
drawings of later Saxon women in their manuscripts.