1. Exquisite Tweets from @highamnews, @DrSueOosthuizen, @DavidPetts1

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    Great things come in small packages: only 140 pages from ⁦@DrSueOosthuizen⁩ but a thoroughly devastating piece of historical revisionism... 1/3

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    Nick Higham

    Turns out everything you thought you knew about the birth of Anglo-Saxon England is either wrong or, at best, not proven... 2/3

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    Nick Higham

    Starts from the premise (obvious when you think about it) that in an agrarian society mass migration is a no-no (everyone would starve)... 3/3 (stand by for bonus tweet)

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    Nick Higham

    And she duly has the evidence from landscape archaeology showing widespread continuity. Still doesn’t explain how we all ended up speaking Anglo/Saxon though... 4/4

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    Nick Higham

  2. So delighted that you enjoyed it! I agree that language remains a problem... what might be achieved in that field if the underlying assumptions were different / solidly grounded?

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    Prof Susan Oosthuizen 💙

  3. we need to revisit our models for language change in non-colonial agrarian societies- Pictish Scotland ends up speaking gaelic without evidence for any significant migration for example.

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    David Petts

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    Prof Susan Oosthuizen 💙

  5. Interesting: what do you mean when you say “if the underlying assumptions were changed”...?

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    Nick Higham

  6. Well, i.a., if it were not assumed (a) that late Romano-Britons were monolingual, (b) that language is an index of ethnicity, (c) that OE was an ‘Anglo-Saxon’ introduction, (d) that the emergence of OE was a consequence of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ political/social dominance. 1/2

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    Prof Susan Oosthuizen 💙

    All of these may/may not be true but until they are established/disproven the narrative of OE as emblematic of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ migrations & political dominance must remain uncertain. And if disproven, then new models are needed - eg @DavidPetts1’s beautifully expressed tweet. 2/2

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    Prof Susan Oosthuizen 💙