From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Height: 31.8 cm
Width: 21.5 cm
Gift of Mrs E.M. Pretty
On a small hill above the river Deben in Suffolk is a strange-looking field, covered with grassy mounds of different sizes. For several hundred years what lay under them was a mystery.
Then in 1938, an archaeologist called Basil Brown started digging under mounds 2, 3 and 4, where he found a few, mostly broken, Anglo-Saxon objects which had been buried alongside their owner's bodies. Sadly, grave robbers had taken most of what was there. WIth a little more hope he started on the biggest mound, Mound 1.
He did not know that the treasures under Mound 1 would turn out to be the most amazing set of Anglo-Saxon objects ever found. Click the arrows below to explore those objects.
Resources for teachers
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On display: Room 2: Collecting the world