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The Magnificent Treasures of Sutton Hoo, The Final Resting Place of Anglo-Saxon Royals

Saturday, October 8, 2016 5:49
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The Magnificent Treasures of Sutton Hoo, The Final Resting Place of Anglo-Saxon Royals

Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site located near the town of Woodbridge, in Suffolk, East Anglia, England. This site is best known for the Anglo-Saxon burial mounds that were discovered during the first half of the 20th century, including a magnificent ship burial, which is popularly believed to have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon king. This is due to the exquisite grave goods that were discovered in the ship’s burial chamber. These artifacts also allow us to gain some insights into early Anglo-Saxon England, at least with regards to its elites.

Mound Discovery

Sutton Hoo is located on an escarpment overlooking the River Deben. This archaeological site is believed to have been used during the 6th and early 7th centuries AD. During the 16th century, would-be looters dug through the ‘center’ of a burial mound, hoping to find treasure. They found nothing, however, as part of this mound was dug away during the Middle Ages, causing the looters to miss the mound’s center.

Mound 1: posts mark the ends of the ship.

Mound 1: posts mark the ends of the ship. (Public Domain)

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