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Sutton Hoo

Listed under Archaeological Sites in East Anglia, United Kingdom.

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Discovered in 1938, the Sutton Hoo excavations unearthed two Anglo Saxon burial grounds, one containing an undisturbed ship burial, complete with artefacts worthy of its charge, one of the Anglo Saxon kings of East Anglia. The ship burial was one of a series of mounds at the site, many of which had been disturbed and looted.

The Sutton Hoo collection is valuable because there is little historical documentation about this period. It includes musical instruments, bowls, plates and cutlery, helmets, armour, weapons and buckles and clasps from clothing.

An exhibition of some of the finds and a life sized reconstruction of the burial chamber and it's contents has been built near the site. Some of the original finds can be seen at the British Museum.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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