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 Paper
Anglo-Saxon Jobs
By: Kelly Tipton, Abigail Lynch, Sarah Booth, Yemisi
1. Anglo Saxon’s Burial Tombs
A. The Anglo Saxon people buried their things in their tomb with them. This provided historians with artifacts that allowed them to determine the jobs of the different Anglo Saxons. In men’s graves there would often be spears and knives which would show that those men were hunters.
2. Men's Jobs
A. Freemen
i. Owned slaves and land
ii. Richer freemen worked and helped king
    1. Slaves
i. Didn’t own anything
      1. Only owned by freemen
  1. Men’s Jobs
    1. Hunting
    2. Fighting
    3. Farming
    4. Blacksmith
    5. Bronze Working
    6. Viking Sailor
      1. Very risky!
  2. Men’s Jobs
    1. Fishing
    2. Selling at markets
    3. Charcoal making
    4. Leather working
    5. Butcher
  3. Example of Men’s Job: Viking Sailor or Warrior
    1. Only men
    2. Very difficult Job
      1. Conditions such as sanitation on ship bad and the North Sea was rough
    3. Often led to many dying because of conditions, battles, and drowning
  4. Women’s Jobs
    1. Weaving
    2. Cooking
    3. Spinning
    4. Basket making
    5. Some hunting
  5. Religious Anglo Saxon Job: Monk
    1. Only men could be monks
    2. Devoted their lives to God never got married
    3. Lived very modest life
      1. Was not allowed to have any furniture in the home
    4. Did a variety of Jobs within the monastery
      1. ploughing, farming, building, copying manuscripts, cooking and cleaning