Bruce Eagles

Visiting Fellow Bruce Eagles

  • beagles at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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Archaeological field investigator, Salisbury Office, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), 1964-1988: fieldwork in Gloucestershire and Wessex; 1988-1991, Head of Archaeological Archives; 1991-1996, Head of the National Archaeological Record; 1997 to present, Visiting Research Fellow, Bournemouth University.

BA (Hons), Ancient and Medieval History, University College London, 1962; Postgraduate Academic Diploma, The Archaeology of the Iron Age and the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire, 1964; PhD, The Settlement Pattern of Lindsey and the East Riding of Yorkshire in the Late Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon Periods (Two volumes), Birkbeck College, London, 1977; FSA 1979


Throughout my professional archaeological career I have taken an active interest in the archaeology of early Anglo-Saxon England in its north-western European context. I have participated in meetings of the international Sachsensymposium on a regular basis since 1973 and this has allowed me to develop and maintain contacts and research interests with many colleagues both in Britain and on the Continent. Study for my doctorate brought a close familiarity with late Roman and early Anglo-Saxon settlement geography and landscape, artifacts and chronology in north Lincolnshire and east Yorkshire. I have developed these themes further, and with particular attention to the significance of place-names, in regional studies of the early phases of Anglo-Saxon settlement in Wessex. I am currently drawing together relevant past papers, some of them much revised. and new studies in a book to be titled 'From Roman civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire. Topographical Studies on the Formation of Wessex'.

Journal Articles

  • Eagles, B. and with Faith, R., 2015. 'Small shires’ and regiones in Hampshire and the formation of the shires of eastern Wessex. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, 19, 122-150.
  • Eagles, B., Algar, D. and Saunders, P., 2014. Two graves near Old Sarum: further insight into early Anglo-Saxon settlement around Salisbury. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 107, 77-90.
  • Eagles, B., 2004. Britons and Saxons on the eastern boundary of the civitas Durotrigum. Britannia, 35, 234-240.
  • Eagles, B., 2003. Augustine’s Oak. Medieval Archaeology, 47, 175-178.
  • Eagles, B. and Briscoe, D., 1999. Animal and bird stamps on Early Anglo-Saxon pottery in England. Studien zur Sachsenforschung, 13, 99-111.
  • Eagles, B., 1998. A note on the significance of the distribution of the Celtic mounts. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 91, 40-41.
  • Eagles, B. and Mortimer, C., 1993. Early Anglo-Saxon artefacts from Hod Hill Dorset. Antiquaries Journal, 73, 132-140.
  • Eagles, B., 1991. A new survey of the hillfort on Beacon Hill, Burghclere, Hampshire. The Archaeological Journal, 148, 98-103.
  • Eagles, B., 1986. Pagan Anglo-Saxon burials at West Overton. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 80, 103-119.
  • Eagles, B., 1984. Medieval timberwork at Bull Bridge, Wilton. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 79, 237-238.
  • Eagles, B. and Swan, V.G., 1972. The Chessalls, a Romano-British settlement at Kingscote. Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 91, 60-91.
  • Eagles, B. and Evison, V.I., 1970. Excavations at Harrold, Bedfordshire, 1951-53. Bedfordshire Archaeological Journal, 5, 17-55.


  • Eagles, B., 2018. From Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire: Topographical Studies on the Formation of Wessex. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Eagles, B. and Annable, F.K., 2010. The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Blacknall Field, Pewsey, Wiltshire. Devizes: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.
  • Bowen, H.C., 1991. A Tabulated Inventory of the Monuments - The Archaeology of Bokerley Dyke. London: Stationery Office Books.
  • Bowen, H.C., 1990. The Archaeology of Bokerley Dyke. London: Stationery Office Books.
  • Eagles, B., 1979. The Anglo-Saxon Settlement of Humberside. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.


  • Eagles, B., Behr, C., Saunders, P. and Algar, D., 2016. Anglo-Saxon burials from Shrewton, Wiltshire, England, with particular reference to a gold pendant and an openwork girdle-hanger. In: Riddler, I., Soulat, J. and Keys, L., eds. The Evidence of Material Culture. Studies in Honour of Professor Vera Evison. Autun: Europe Médiévale, 89-117.
  • Eagles, B., 2016. Post-Roman and early Anglo-Saxon (AD 410-c. 800). In: Leivers, M. and Powell, A.B., eds. A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site, Avebury Resource Assessment. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeaology, 107-110.
  • Eagles, B. and Allen, M., 2011. A reconsideration of East Wansdyke; its construction and date - a preliminary note. In: Brookes, S., Harrington, S. and Reynolds, A., eds. Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology. Papers in Honour of Martin G. Welch. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 147-155.
  • Eagles, B. and Ager, B., 2004. A mid fifth to mid sixth-century bridle-fitting of Mediterranean origin from Breamore, Hampshire, England, with a discussion of its local context. In: Lodewijckx, M., ed. Bruc Ealles Well. Archaeological Essays concerning the Peoples of North-West Europe in the First Millennium AD. Leuven University Press, 87-96.
  • Eagles, B. and Field, D., 2004. William Cunnington and the long barrows of the River Wylye. In: Cleal, R. and Pollard, J., eds. Monuments and Material Culture: Papers in Honour of an Avebury Archaeologist, Isobel Smith. Salisbury: Hobnob Press, 47-69.
  • Eagles, B., 2001. Anglo-Saxon presence and culture in Wiltshire c. AD 450-c. 675. In: Ellis, P., ed. Roman Wiltshire and after. Papers in Honour of Ken Annable. Devizes: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.
  • Eagles, B. and Struth, P., 1999. An Anglo-Saxon barrow cemetery in Greenwich Park. In: Pattison, P., Field, D. and Ainsworth, S., eds. Patterns of The Past. Essays in Landscape Archaeology for Christopher Taylor. Oxford: Oxbow, 37-52.
  • Eagles, B., 1997. The area around Bedwyn in the Anglo-Saxon period. In: Hostetter, E. and Howe, T.N., eds. The Romano-British Villa at Castle Copse, Great Bedwyn. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 378-397.
  • Eagles, B., 1994. The archaeological evidence for settlement in the fifth to seventh centuries AD. In: Aston, M. and Lewis, C., eds. The Medieval Landscape of Wessex. Oxford: Oxbow, 13-32.
  • Eagles, B., 1989. Woolbury Fields, Stockbridge Down, Hampshire. In: Bowden, M., Mackay, D. and Topping, P., eds. From Cornwall to Caithness. Some Aspects of British Field Archaeology. Papers Presented to Norman V. Quinnell. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 93-98.
  • Eagles, B., 1989. Lindsey. In: Bassett, S., ed. The Origins of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. Leicester University Press, 202-212.
  • Eagles, B., 1980. Anglo-Saxons in Lindsey and the East Riding of Yorkshire in the fifth century. In: Rahtz, P., Dickinson, T. and Watts, L., eds. Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries 1979. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 285-287.


  • PhD in Late Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon Settlements (University of London, 1977)
  • Diploma in Archaeology in Iron Age and Western Provinces of the Roman Empire (University of London, 1964)
  • BA (Hons) in Ancient and Medieval History (University College, University of London, 1962)