Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site near the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk, in the East Anglian Region East Anglia.

In 1939, the local archaeologist Basil Brown found in Sutton Hoo on the high banks of the River Deben in Suffolk Anglo-Saxon ship grave dating from the 7th century, which had remained apparently untouched by grave robbers. The rich grave goods of the grave goods of Anglo-Saxon ruler or warlord show local, Irish, Scandinavian, Merovingian and Eastern Mediterranean influences. The silver finds from the ship grave see silver finds of the ship Grabs from Sutton Hoo.

The buried there sat ruler was sent to a 27 m long and 4.5 m wide nave on the last trip. It could be in this ruler to Raedwald of East Anglia († 617 or 625 ) have acted, although this is not certain. For Raedwald the time matching Merovingian coinage and his position of power to speak at this time, which should probably emphasize the rich grave goods. He is in the entry of the year 827 ( 829 ) of the A manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which in turn is based on information in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, called Bretwalda.

The hull consisted of overlapping planks, held together with iron nails. It provided space for some 20 rowers on both sides. There is no evidence for sailing.

The excavations Martin Carver discovered more rich graves in the vicinity of the hill. After the Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons the site served as a guide instead, the bodies of some victims have been preserved as sand molds.

Sutton Hoo is owned by the National Trust today. The site with the partially heaped grave hills can be visited on two circular routes. In the entrance area there is a recently opened museum in which, among other things, a complex model of the royal tomb is to be seen. Here, visitors find replicas of the finds of 1939, including a gold helmet. The original is in the British Museum in London. The finds from the excavations of Martin Carver be issued on the spot.

  • Parts of the Sutton- Hoo- discovery in the British Museum or in the Sutton Hoo Exhibition Hall

Reconstruction of the helmet.

Plate (reconstruction with original fittings )

Fibula open

Fibula closed

Reconstruction of the grave chamber