Sutton Hoo, from 650AD (approx.)
Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site discovered in 1939 in Suffolk on the east coast of England. It was determined to be an Anglo-Saxon burial site consisting of a treasure chamber in the midst of the impression of a wooden boat, all covered by an earthen mound. Who was buried there? A king, or a leader, or a well-respected individual as suggested by the articles buried with him and subsequently uncovered. With artifacts suggesting travels over the known world at the time from Egypt, Sri Lanka, and across Europe, and aspects of both Christian and pagan burial rites, this was quite a find – supposedly the most important ever made in Britain.
Today you can visit the site managed by the National Trust and walk the extensive grounds and trails. The famous Scandinavian/Roman influenced helmet, a sword, shield, drinking horns, gold and bejewelled ornaments and more are not unfortunately on display here. Some of the artifacts kept at Sutton Hoo are originals but some are replicas, as the treasure itself was donated to the British Museum by Edith Petty who owned the land when the treasure was found. (Her story can be seen in the Netflix movie The Dig released in 2021.) Nevertheless, the site itself with well over 200 acres, the modern steel replica of the buried ship, Tranmer House where Mrs. Petty lived, and the High Hall exhibition are well worth seeing.