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Britain’s Treasures

The extraordinary discovery of a king’s burial site not far from the Su olk coast offers unique insight into Anglo-Saxon society and culture
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SUTTON HOO Su olk

Sometime around 1,400 years ago, a great ship was hauled up from the East Anglian coast to Sutton Hoo, the site of an Anglo-Saxon burial ground. Here, the ship became the last resting place of a king or a great warrior. This unknown figure was buried with his vast treasure, undisturbed until the site was excavated, initially by the landowner, Edith Pretty, in 1939. Pretty called upon the services of a self-taught archaeologist, Basil Brown, who made the discovery.

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