A recumbent grave marker of the type known as a hogback found near St. Alkmund's church in Derby, Derbyshire. (c) Derby Museum and Art Gallery
St Alkmund’s Hogback Grave Marker (1996-60-5)
A recumbent grave marker of the type known as a hogback found near St. Alkmund's church in Derby, Derbyshire
A stone hogback grave marker from St Alkmund’s Church, Derby. The site of St Alkmund’s Church is thought to have been on one of the oldest Christian sites in the area. Excavations on the site have shown that the church was in existence before the ninth century and that the presence of the Great Army in the ninth century seems to have led to a period of neglect and decay, before it was restored following the reconquest of the Danelaw in the tenth century or early eleventh century.
Only about half of this hogback grave cover survives. It has the typical bear at the gable end, although the carving is damaged, and an interlaced serpent design within the panels on the side. It is typical of this type of grave cover which is found throughout northern England and into Scotland. They occur in Viking-dominated areas of the country, and appear to be an Anglo-Scandinavian tradition combining elements of pre-Christian and Christian iconography.