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  • Description

    One large box of wood fragments, possibly maple, with silver staining, gold foil and textile fragments; from bottles 1939,1010.122-127.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • early 7thC
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  • Materials

  • Curator's comments


    Comey, M. G., 2013. The wooden drinking vessels in the Sutton Hoo assemblage: Materials, morphology and usage. In: Bintley, M. and Shapland, M. (eds.), Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Oxford: Oxford University Press

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 November 2005

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Clean, consolidate, repair and repack as necessary


    Packed loose on cortton wadding in glass top box.

    Treatment details

    Sorted by organic type. Oak from chamber? separated out for the vessel wood. Texrtile and feathers sorted and packed separately. new Repacked in polyethlene foam and jiffy-foam lined box. Old labels removed and stored separately

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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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