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    Early Middle Ages incorporate both pagan and Christian styles

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    This solution answers the question of how art from the early Middle Ages incorporates both pagan and Christian styles, using the hoard from the Sutton Hoo burial mound as a specific example. Because the student specified a Year 1 study level, the solution is framed as a beginner's approach, 1.) explaining how pagan and Christian elements appear in the art of the early Middle Ages, 2.) providing a brief description of specific examples of early medieval art from the British Isles, 3.) asking guiding questions for the student to consider, and 4.) providing open-access online sources that might be helpful with the assignment. All links are valid as of November 4, 2016.

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    Keep in mind that the Early Middle Ages usually deal with the period between the fall of the Roman Empire (476 CE) and the beginning of the Romanesque period (circa 1000). For your topic, focus on the seventh through ninth centuries. During this time, mass migrations of "barbarian" cultures (many of them still pagan) were contributing to the formation of the European kingdoms. Eventually, these cultures converted to Christianity and adopted many Roman ways of life but maintained parts of their former customs in such practices as artistic production.

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    Provides a beginner's approach to explaining how pagan and Christian elements appear in the art of the early Middle Ages. Provides brief description of major objects at Sutton Hoo burial. Asks guiding questions for the student to consider. Provides open-access online sources that might be helpful with the assignment. Links are valid as of November 4, 2016.

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