Shortly before the beginning of the 2nd World War, the landowner Edith Pretty commissioned the English archaeologist Basil Brown to dig on her property. The historically interested lady suspected more than stones and earth among the mounds located there. She should be right. Brown found a unique Anglo-Saxon boat grave with rich grave goods. Sutton Hoo is considered the most important archaeological site in the UK. It is located near the town of Woodbridge, in the county of Suffolk.
The ship’s tomb, which dates back to the 7th century, is attributed to an Anglo-Saxon king due to its size and the rich grave goods. The ruler, who was buried in Sutton Hoo, was sent on his last voyage in a long ship 27m long and 4.5m wide. Historians suggest that it is the burial place of Raedwald, king of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of East Anglia. Edith Pretty, who was officially declared the owner of the find, donated all the finds of Sutton Hoo to the British Museum in London. In addition to gold and silver jewelry, coins and a magnificent sword, the “Helmet of Sutton Hoo” is the most famous piece of the treasure.
Sutton Hoo is now owned by the National Trust, which has built a museum on the large estate. Here visitors can visit the burial mounds on circular routes. A model of the royal tomb is shown in the museum. The mystical history of this place is vividly told.
Since January 2021, the feature film “The Dig” in the original “The Dig” with Ralph Fiennes in the role of Basil Brown has been available on Netflix.
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