Jasmine Mendez
Ned Neilson
Forrest Parker
September 8th 2009
Period 1A/ Honors Literature

Anglo-Saxon Jobs and Trade

Introduction slide:
“Hi, our names are Jasmine Mendez, Ned Neilson, and Forrest Parker and the topic of our PowerPoint is Anglo Saxon jobs and trades.”
Slide 2:
“Baxter was the feminine word for Baker. It was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Baecestre. Although many did their own cooking, few wealthy people would turn to their local bakers to supply their breads and other goods. Bread was an important food for Anglo-Saxons. It was made from ground rye, oats, barley or wheat. To grind grain, bakers would use a Rotary Quern, or a grindstone. This useful tool was made of two stones that would smash the grains to the correct consistency. The baker would then take the grains and make it into a dough which was kneaded in a trencher. Finally they would take that dough and make it into their essential bread.”
Slide 3:
“Being a fisherman was another important job during the Anglo-Saxon era. They caught many types of fish including herring, perch, and pike. Fish was important to their diets because they did not have time to wait for things to grow or to be in season. They also caught different types of shell fish.”
Slide 4:
“Carpentry was also an important occupancy. Timber was one the main resources for the Anglo-Saxons. Woodworkers would use many tools including planes, axes, and adzes. They often worked with “green” wood which was wood that was not yet in season. This is because it could be split easily and did not need to be cut. With this wood, they made boats, weapons, and even dishware.”
Slide 5:
“Potters would make the town’s cooking pots, bowls, cups, lamps, and much more. These clay makers would use simple methods such as coiling. To do this, they used coiled clay and smeared them together with a smooth stone or a tool made of bone. To harden the clay, they would use rough, handmade kilns. Anglo-Saxon pottery soon developed into a more difficult art with specific techniques.”

Slide 6:
“Anglo-Saxon weavers were the primary makers of clothing. They used many types of textile, but wool was the most popular. Making clothes was a lengthy project. A weaver had to dye the fibers and then weave them into cloth before they could ever be worn. Silk was the last type of material these people used. It was made from the larvae of the Silk Worm Moth, as it spins its cocoon. Just like today, silk was one of the finest fibers Anglo-Saxons had.”
Slide 7:
“Here we have provided a website to an interactive Anglo-Saxon village. It also shows what their villages look like today.”
Slide 8:
“These are our resources and -“
Slide 9:
“Thank you.”

Research Notes
1. Michael is going to talk about the major wars.
2. Louis is going to talk about Anglo-Saxon weapons.
3. Louis is going to talk about Anglo-Saxon armor.
4. David is going to talk about the aftermath of the Anglo-Saxon warfare.
5. Michael is going to talk about the Battle of Hastings and work the interactive computer game.
6. David is going to talk about the bibliography.


Slide 1-
Anglo-Saxon Religion

Slide 2-
Paganism is a polytheistic religion that the Anglo-Saxons practiced for a brief period of time. Sometimes referred to as Wodenism.

Slide 3-
They believed in sacrifice. They would dedicate gifts to the gods or deities which ruled every aspect of their lives including food, drink, birth, death, health, war, and politics. They believed in many unique things such as witchcraft, weapon burials, ritual drinkings, and festivals celebrated the twelve lunar months.

Slide 4-
Alyssa: (run through gods)

Slide 5-
These are representations of heathen gods.

Slide 6-
Christianity began to spread in England after Pope Gregory the Great sent missionaries and monks from Ireland. Romans invaded Britain in A.D. 43 and drove the Britains north to Scotland and west to Whales. (etc.)

Slide 7-
Despite the conversion of the Pagans from heathenism to Christianity, much of their culture remained the same. As you can see in the painting on the left, which is an illustration of Beowulf, the Pagans still believed in monsters. While they talked about the Christian God, they also talked of heathen beliefs. In the painting on the right, you can see that while someone is being baptized at the top, a Christian tradition, the Anglo-Saxons are violently killing people on the bottom.

Slide 8-
Christianity brought many new changes to the Anglo-Saxons. These include increase in literature, increase in the ability to read and write, the art became more religious, and Pagan temples and celebrations turned to Christian temples and celebrations.

Slide 9-
These are the sites we used in researching this project.