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Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo is the site of a group of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds from the 6th and 7th centuries. One of the mounds, excavated in 1939, revealed the remains of a 90-foot long wooden ship. The ship was probably the grave of an Anglo-Saxon king, buried with a wealth of artefacts of the greatest archaeological significance, including Byzantine silver bowls and spoons, jewelled weapons, fine Celtic enamels and large gold ornaments elaborately inlaid with bright red garnets. These original finds were given to the British Museum by Mrs. Edith Pretty, who instigated the excavation of the mounds in 1939. Since 2002, the Sutton Hoo estate has been open to the public under the ownership and management of the National Trust. Replicas and original finds are on display. Tranmer House, the former residence of Mrs Pretty, was built in 1910 by the Ipswich architect John Shewell Corder.

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Address:
Tranmer House,
Sutton Hoo,
Woodbridge,
Suffolk,
IP12 3DJ

Telephone: 01394 389700

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo
www.britishmuseum.org/explore/galleries/europe/gallery_41_europe_ad_300-1100.aspx

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Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

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On the brink of the Second World War, Mrs Edith Pretty instigated the excavation of a burial mound on her estate. The excavations led to the greatest archaeological discovery ever made in the British Isles. Today the original finds form one of the key collections of the British Museum. The exhibition of replicas at Sutton Hoo shows them in their splendour as they would have been when used by the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. Objects associated with Mrs Pretty and the excavations are also displayed.

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