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- Economy was not cash based. [3 ]

- Coins existed but were not often used. [3 ]

- Most goods were bartered for. [3 ]

- Few specialized industries existed, including. [1 ]

  • Salt
  • Iron
  • Lead

- The growth of towns was given force during the Danish raids, due to the requirement of equipped centers at strategic points. [1 ]

- Trade markets were most successful near rivers. [3 ]

- Danish settlers increased the amount of foreign trade. [1 ]

- London was one of the greatest trading centers. [1 ]

- Imports included.
[1 ]
  • Wine
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Spices
  • Sulfur
  • Glass
  • Silk
  • Precious Garments
  • Furs

- Exports included.
[1 ]
  • Wool
  • Hides
  • Cheese
  • Cloth
  • Cloaks
  • Embroideries
  • Gold work

- Slavery was essential in the Anglo-Saxon economy. [1 ]

- Other occupations included.
[1 ]
  • Baker
  • Carpenter
  • Cook
  • Fisherman
  • Fowler
  • Huntsman
  • Merchant
  • Oxherd
  • Ploughman
  • Salter
  • Shepherd
  • Smith
  • Soldier



Agriculture
- Majority of the population engaged in agriculture. [1 ]

- Land was mostly cultivated on an open field system. [1 ]

- Each member of a community had his own strip of arable land and the right to its holdings. [1 ]

- Used a seasonal crop rotation method. [2 ]ard.gif

- Fields were alternated between wheat, root and livestock. [2 ]

- The types of crops grown varied widely. [2 ]

- The Ard (less affective cousin to the plough) was used at the time to cut the soil. [2 ]

- Scythes and Sickles were used for harvesting. [2 ]

- Rakes, hoes and buckets were also often used.
[2 ]


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Citations

Hanning, Robert W. "Anglo-Saxons."
Encyclopedia Americana. 2009. Grolier Online. 22 Apr. 2009 <http://ea.grolier.com/cgi-bin/article?assetid=0015940-00>. = 1

Clayphan, Alex.
Agriculture May. 2008. 7 May. 2009 <http://www.anmoddracan.org.uk/agric2.htm > = 2

Morris, Tim.
Anglo-Saxon England 24 Aug. 1998. 7 May. 2009 <//http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4301f98/oct12.html> = 3