Time to decide


Grave field in winter


So, do the objects tell us who was buried at Sutton Hoo?

Here are four possible candidates:

1. Raedwald: (599-624/5 AD): A pagan, although he did convert to Christianity for a few months at one point. Overlord of all English kingdoms, so very powerful.

2. Eorpwold: (625-627/8 AD) Raedwald's son. Only ruled for a very short time before being murdered.

3. Sigebert: (630/1-636/7 AD) Eorpwold's half-brother. A devout Christian who found ruling the pagan East Angles so difficult that he shared the kingship with his kinsmen and cousin Ecric.

4. Ecric: (634-636/7 AD). Shortly after he became King other kingdoms threatened. Ecric and Sigebert went into battle together and were both killed in 637.

So which of these men was it? Or was it someone completely different? Send us an email to schools@britishmuseum.org and tell us who YOU think it was and how certain you are.