Sutton Hoo is a place located in the UK. It was the site of several Anglo-Saxon burial mounds. In 1939, the mounds were excavated, revealing many Anglo-Saxon treasures, including a burial ship.
A ship burial or boat grave is a burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead and grave goods, or as a part of the grave goods itself. (Yes, the ship itself is buried- along with a LOT of treasure.)
Yep! Some of the items found at Sutton Hoo include: Armor Weapons Bowls, spoons 2 silver spoons found were engraved with the names “Saul” and “Paul”, likely referring to the biblical figure. Purse, shoulder-clasps and a “great buckle” Jewelry Pottery Gold coins The “Great Buckle”, found in the upper body area of the ship.
Due to the artifacts and treasure found inside, it’s extremely likely that the burial ship of Sutton Hoo housed the body of a king. Speculation leads scholars and historians to think it may be Rædwald, king of East Anglia, who died in 624/625 A.D.
The burial mounds and their treasures date back to 7 th century A.D. The mounds were not excavated until the late 1930’s. Although the wood of the ship did not survive 13 centuries, the surrounding sand preserved the shape of it- complete with iron rivets.
In 1910, a mansion was built not far from the burial mounds. In 1926, the mansion and land were purchased by a Colonel Frank Pretty. In 1937, Pretty’s widow yielded to her mounting curiosity and organized the start of the excavation. A portrait of Edith Pretty
Each number represents the site of a Sutton Hoo grave. Site #1 is where the ship was found. Each site had its own body and artifacts (treasure).
Of course! The Sutton Hoo burial mounds are essentially a 1300 year old cemetery. The bodies found were of presumably wealthy class folk as well as execution victims. While some bodies were cremated, others were found as bones. Some had evidence of violent deaths (such as decapitation). While this body’s flesh and bone had completely decayed, its shape has been preserved by the surroundin g sand. The stained areas were caused by the body’s flesh.
Sutton Hoo has provided historians with vital insight to Anglo-Saxon culture. The variety of artifacts found there evidence the establishment of long- range trade and a mix of Christianity and paganism. Many artifacts found there give us a visual representation of some of the scenes detailed in Beowulf.
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