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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Sutton Hoo - a first time visit

It was cold and windy as we set off this morning.  First port of call was at the Food Company for a really tasty breakfast of Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs.

From there off to Sutton Hoo. (England's Valley of the Kings). this a first time visit.    Don't know why I've not visited before.. it's a fascinating place to be with 7th century Anglo-Saxon burial mounds where, after an excavation   there is evidence existed of a 90 foot boat which is the site of the burial of a King. The boat, built of oak, no longer exists having rotted away...

The site probably the most important Anglo Saxon find in England.

Tranmer House (which we visited late in the day - pics further down)

and this is where Edith Pretty (organiser of the excavation) lived...

Would you believe this is a nut cracker.  The tails is lifted and the jaw opens ..  where nuts are cracked :D

This is a replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet.  In 1939, the original was given by Mrs Edith M Pretty (who organised the excavation of the site) to the British Museum where it now remains.

It was originally discovered in the same burial mound at Sutton Hoo where the ship had been buried - possibly the tomb of a 7th century nobleman. .

1 comment:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

We have a bronze age fort near the village of Oxton, really must try and visit it but it's a hack and a half to get there. I always feel peeved that white horse and tumuli territory is way down south

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