The Kingdom of East Anglia

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The Kingdom of East Anglia Introduction The spot of an early 7th century Anglo-Saxon ship burial, discovered in 1939 that includes a wealth of artifacts is the famous Sutton Hoo, located near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Sutton Hoo is of very importance to early medieval historians because it shacks light on a period in English history that otherwise has little documented evidence remaining. Actually, it is one of the most notable archaeological remains in England because of its size, age, far reaching connections, totality, beauty, scarcity and historical importance. On the other hand, Edith May Pretty, the original owner of the property where it was discovered believes that the Sutton Hoo treasure is a gift to the people of England. According to the English law, Edith May Pretty was found to be the legal owner of the treasure, but within days of the ruling she returned it to public possession. Moreover, the finding of Sutton Hoo creates a hint into England's past and further illumination of its national identity. Apparently, this paper aims to discuss the relationship of Sutton Hoo and Kingdom of East Anglia. It attempts to deduce some important information about Kingdom of East Anglia by examining the whole Saxon burial site in Sutton Hoo. Discussions According to www.encyclopedia.com, East Angliais a region of eastern England. It has no official status, and the boundaries of East Angliaare undefined. It includes the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk as well as part of the counties of Essex and Cambridgeshire, although definitions usually include the latter in its totality. Some of the area is characterised by its flatn... ... middle of paper ... ...ridge: Boydell, 375-96. Meaney, A. (1964). A gazetteer of early Anglo-Saxon burial sites. London: Allen & Unwin. Parker, P. M. (1982). Mortuary practices, society and ideology: an ethnoarchaeological study, in I. Hodder (ed.), Symbolic and structural archaeology: 99-113. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Shephard, J. (1979). The social identity of the individual in isolated barrows and barrow cemeteries in Anglo-Saxon England, in B.C. Barnham & J. Kingsbury (ed.), Space, hierarchy and society. Interdisciplinary studies in social area analysis: 47-79. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. International series 59. Tainter, J. (1978). Mortuary practices and the study of prehistoric social systems, in M. Schiffer (ed.), Advances in archaeological theory and method: 106- 37. New York (NY): Academic Press.
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