Advent: December 20th

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This item is so well known it probably doesn’t need introducing. It was another of the artefacts I most wanted to see.

It is of course the Sutton Hoo Helmet.

This formed part of an Anglo-Saxon burial hoard found in Suffolk and excavated in 1939. The hoard dates from the early 7th century and consisted of a ship buried in an earth mound. In the centre was a wooden burial chamber containing rich textiles, silver Byzantine plate, armour, weapons and musical instruments. Items made from organic materials of course rotted away including the timber of the ship itself. But the imprints and chemicals left behind in the soil indicated items.

It is thought to be the magnificent burial of a king, most likely King Raedwald of East Anglia.


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