Saxon Heritage at Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge, Suffolk

See one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time at Sutton Hoo.

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In the late 1930s, landowner Edith May Pretty enlisted the help of a Suffolk archaeologist to dig into an ancient mound near Woodbridge. What he found went beyond their wildest dreams:  a ‘Hoo’ - a Saxon burial site filled with weapons, masks and gold coins, all housed in a 90-foot-long ship that had been buried along with its passenger.

Today the Sutton Hoo visitor centre tells two fantastic stories: that of the ancient Saxon burial itself, and the subsequent cloak-and-dagger discovery. This incredible find shines a light on how people lived in the 6th century, a medieval period that has drifted between myth, legend and fact. Today the Sutton Hoo visitor centre tells two fascinating stories: that of the ancient Saxon burial itself, and the amazing discovery, while the priceless treasures unearthed, including an ornate burial mask and jewel-encrusted brooches are on display at the British Museum in London. However, there's one piece of this Saxon puzzle that remains unsolved; the identity of the  extremely wealthly 6th century king.

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SSutton Hoo ©National Trust Images/Ian Shaw
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