The Old World is a reference to those parts of Earth known to Europeans before the voyages of Christopher Columbus; it includes Europe, Asia and Africa.
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kbs2244 wrote:"There's a lot of debate about whether he was a fully-fledged hairy beast Saxon warrior, or younger."
Due to the nature of the soil in that location (acidic) there were no remains, other than some tooth enamel, with which to determine gender & age at the time of the burial. The archeologists can infer gender by the types of grave goods found in the grave. There were no physical remains left to determine any other info about the person buried there though.
The phrase that has you scratching your hat rack head is merely some journalistic playfulness. Stop trying to split hairs where it's not needed.
"Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer." ~ Alexander Pope
The bet seems to be that he might have been Saebert King of Essex.kbs2244 wrote:"There's a lot of debate about whether he was a fully-fledged hairy beast Saxon warrior, or younger."
Interestingly his tomb was repaired sometime.
The combination of christian and pagan items is the facinating thing as it implies (as in Sutton Hoo) that the conversion was a lot more messy than Bede states. Given we are not looking at survivals of native christainity.