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Sutton Hoo: One of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England

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Sutton Hoo: One of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England

Nov 19, 2016 Marija Georgievska



It was in the 7th century when Redwald, son of Tytila, grandson of Wuffa of East Anglia and a member of the Wuffingas dynasty, started his reign as the King of East Anglia, a kingdom known far and wide across the world as the heartland of the Anglo-Saxons.

Ten years before his death, Redwald stood as the most powerful king south of the river Humber, thus earning the name of “Bretwalda”, which meant “Britain-ruler” or “wide-ruler”.


A replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet produced for the British Museum by the Royal Armouries. Photo Credit

But he wouldn’t be remembered as a king if not for his burial, which was the most magnificent ceremony ever held in ancient Britain. Redwald died in 624 and was buried in a 27-meter long ship.


Sutton Hoo, Saxon Burial Site. Photo Credit

It was in these burial grounds that Sutton Hoo was discovered, a site that held both 6th and early 7th-century cemeteries.


Besides the remains of the ship, a beautiful suite of unmatched metalwork covered in gold and fine gems, a ceremonial helmet, a shield and sword, a lyre, a total of 37 gold coins were found with the ship burial and lots of other priceless artifacts.

If not for the location, one might even say that this was the world described in the old English poem Beowulf, which is set in southern Sweden.


Shield ornament from the Sutton Hoo burial, British Museum. Photo Credit

First came the people from the Neolithic period that inhabited this area some 3,000 years ago. Next were the people from the Bronze Age, thriving communities that started the long tradition of metal working.


One of the two identical shoulder-clasps. Photo Credit

But it was the Anglo-Saxons that brought the greatest changes. Their language evolved into Old English, a form of Germanic language, and their customs are still widely studied today.

More: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/11/19/sutton-hoo-one-magnificent-archaeological-finds-england/