Dr Robert J. Wallis

As the Falcon Her Bells’ at Sutton Hoo? Falconry in Early Anglo-Saxon England. Archaeological Journal of The Royal Archaeological Institute: 1-28 (2017)

 Dr. Robert J. Wallis is interested in the art and archaeology of falconry. Having set the record straight on recent debates over falconry in prehistoric Britain (published in the journal ‘Antiquity’, 2014) and the origins of falconry in West Asia (see ‘The Falconer’ 2015), he has most recently been examining the earliest evidence for falconry in England. His latest article, just published in ‘The Archaeological Journal’ of The Royal Archaeological Institute considers the early Anglo-Saxon data, consisting of the faunal remains of possible falconry birds and their quarry, the important role of raptors in art and finds of small copper-alloy bells, including one from Sutton Hoo, which may have been used in falconry equipment. He argues that a persuasive case can be made for the introduction of falconry from Scandinavia to East Anglia around the late sixth to early seventh century and that falconry may have played an important social role in this emerging kingdom