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The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Paperback – 5 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; 3 edition (5 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714105759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714105758
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The summer of 1939 saw one of the most exciting archaeological finds ever dug from British soil, an undisturbed Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge in Suffolk. The ship, nearly 30m long, had been dragged uphill from the estuary of the River Deben to a royal gravefield and buried beneath a large circular mound. Amidships, in a textile-hung chamber, a sumptous burial was laid out unique in its glittering wealth of jewellery and unrivalled in the variety of objects that had been selected to represent every facet of the dead man's life. Gold and garnet jewellery, silver from the eastern Mediterranean, drinking vessels with silver gilt fittings, a magnificent helmet and parade shield, a lyre and sceptre were amongst the spectacular finds excavated in two hectic weeks just before the outbreak of World War II. Although no remains of a body survived and no personal possessions were found, the gold and garnet regalia alone implied that the burial was that of a king.

But his identity remained elusive until research resulted in a date of 625/30 for the latest of a collection of small gold coins found in the ship, suggest that it may have been the grave of Raedwald, king of East Anglia, who died in 624/5. In this new edition of the survey first published in 1986, the excavation of the ship and its contents are described and illustrated and the results of many years' research at the British Museum are summarised. It also brings the story right up-to-date and includes illustrations of the most recent excavations.

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Everything you need to know about the iconic site with its classic ship burial.This book brings to life the history of the archaeological digs and the wonderful internationally important finds.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on 19 July 2013
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An interesting history of a wonderful place. I would advise anyone visiting Suffolk to add this to their list of places to visit.
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Excellent description of an archaeological investigation 28 Sep 1999
By Nancy A. Fox - Published on
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This is an excellent book that describes the investigation into one of the most famous sites in English archaeology. The Sutton Hoo ship burial is Englands' King Tut. The book goes into great detail about the original and subsequent investigations of the burial area in eastern England.
If you are a casual reader interested in a quick read about archaeological investigations, this book may not be for you. The book goes into great detail about the construction of the site, the artifacts and how they were put back together in the laboratory. If you are interested in such things, you will be richly rewarded by this book.
I would especially recommend reading this book before you visit the British Museum in London, where the rich artifacts from this site are housed. That way you will have an even greater appreciation for this site and the artifacts on display.
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Excellent! 8 May 2012
By kharlow - Published on
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I love this book! It is a beautifully written, easily understood rundown of the discovery of the ship burial. I am used to the articles written in The National Geographic with appropriate photos and this did not disappoint. I am not an archaeologist but this was so well written that I understood what was found, how it was found, how it was preserved, and where it is now.The included pictures and diagrams were great. I was especially gratified tofind that some of the other mounds were (re)excavated and that more has been found. Would recommend it to anyone that would like a really great, informative read!
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The world according to Polly 25 July 2013
By Paula J. Strickland - Published on
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My son was home from Thailand and we were talking about the Sutton Hoo ship burial site in England. I went on line to the British Museum and found that this is the book that they sell there. I then went on line and ordered this one for my son. We are very interested in this kind of discovery and find the subject fasinating. This was a well preserved and not looted site that gave up much information and countless arifacts. Telling us so much about a time long past. This will be enjoyed by my son and myself.
Wonderfully informative 17 Mar 2012
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I loved this book! I became fascinated with this find in high school, and I share its treasures with each group of students I now teach.
Interesting read. Well written. 18 Sep 2014
By Amber Kemppainen - Published on
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A bit of 'laymen' archaeology, with some nice pictures. Overall a good read, and not professionally dry.
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