‘As the Falcon her Bells’ at Sutton Hoo? Falconry in Early Anglo-Saxon England.

This lecture re-examines the earliest evidence for falconry in England and proposes that falconry may have been introduced from Scandinavia to the region of East Anglia around the late sixth to early seventh centuries, and that falconry and falconry birds may have played an important social role in this emerging kingdom.

Photo shows the ‘hawk-with-prey’ decorative motif from the Sutton Hoo purse lid, courtesy of the British Museum.