Sutton Hoo

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I have to say I was watching a show about Beowulf, and that’s how I learned about the Sutton Hoo archaeological find. I was unsure what to do this regional paper on but saw the show and figured I would watch it. You see I have to read Beowulf in my history class, and thought the show might help. I had the extra bonus of figuring out what I would do for my regional paper. England is rich with history, especially from the medieval ages. In eastern England there is one such site, located in Woodbridge, Suffolk. A place of rolling man-made hills that on several occasions nothing was located, but in 1939 an astounding treasure trove was unearthed. Here we find an Anglo-Saxon burial site, which fortunately had not been hit by looters. This site was not only well preserved but rich in archaeological acquisitions, among the hoard are many items having a Nordic designs, similar to what is found at many other Viking burials. According to the EBK for Kids website, I was able to find a complete list of items found. Some of the items came from a great distance leading researchers to believe that the owner was very rich and powerful to have access to such riches in England. Some came from great distances such as the 16 pieces of silver made in the Eastern Mediterranean, a Byzantine silver dish created during the Reign of Emperor Anastasius I (AD 491-518). Several pieces were made of silver such as the fluted bowl with handles, a ladle, a small cup, 10 shallow bowls, 2 spoons inscribed with the names of 'Saul' and 'Paul'. There was also a large bronze Coptic (made in ancient Egypt) bowl with handles, a large set of drinking vessels, 2 curly drinking horns, 6 small bottles made of Maplewood, 8 cups made of burr-wood with gold covered... ... middle of paper ... ... the turn of the 20th century may not have had all the fancy equipment we have now, but they were able to uncover some tremendous finds. Works Cited "African Timeline." Angelfire: Welcome to Angelfire. Web. 10 Mar. 2011. "EBK for Kids: Treasures from Sutton Hoo." Early British Kingdoms Home Page. Nash Ford Publishing, Web. 10 Mar. 2011. "Great Britain and Ireland, 500–1000 A.D. | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Metmuseum.org. Web. 10 Mar. 2011. Hunt, Lynn. "Islam, Byzantium, and the West." The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: a Concise History. Third ed. Vol. One. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. Print. "Sutton Hoo." UK Travel and Heritage - Britain Express UK Travel Guide. Web. 06 Mar. 2011 "Suttonhoo." The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo. Web. 06 Mar. 2011.
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