Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels provide remarkable insights into the England of the 7th century.
Sutton Hoo, Near Woodbridge, Suffolk
Early in the century, a great ship was dragged ashore from the river Deben in Suffolk.
It became the burial place of a powerful Anglo-Saxon warlord, buried with a mound of treasures from all over the known world. Fine weaponry, gold coins and exquisitely crafted jewellery reflected levels of sophistication which were a revelation.
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Basil Brown 22nd January 1888 - 12th March 1977
Basil Brown was a prolific worker and recorder of archaeological sites in Suffolk. He was the discoverer of the Sutton Hoo Ship burial in 1938-39.
The Book of Durrow
At the end of the 7th century, after its conversion to Christianity, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria enjoyed a brief golden age – a result of which was the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most impressive works of art of the whole medieval period.