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Sutton Hoo Sutton Hoo is an archaeological site in Suffolk, England from the 6th and 7th centuries.The site consists of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds. The site is under the care of the National Trust, and many of the artifacts are displayed in the British Museum in London. Sutton Hoo is an important site to medieval historians because it shed light on a point in English history that is blurred between myth, legend, and historical documentation. The Field Research Procedure this paper focuses on covers excavations between 1983 and 1993 by Martin Carver. The Field Research Procedure assumes that archaeological data cannot be discovered but are defined and collected as a result of archaeologically informed choice. Data are variables which are chosen…show more content…
Mound one was excavated in 1939 by Basil Brown from Ipswich Museum for Mrs. Edith Pretty, the landowner. This uncovered the remains of a 90 foot long clinker-built wooden ship from the 7th century. The ship was outlined in the sand by its iron rivets, and dated back to 625 AD. This ship burial is generally believed to be Raedwald, leader of the Wuffing dynasty of the East Angles, who ruled c.599 to 625 AD. Over the years, the wood of the ship rotted away in the acidic soil, leaving behind a sand-impression. The burial chamber had been constructed in the center of the ship. The deposit within the chamber contained over 260 artifacts, opulent in their variance and artistry. The findings included weapons, symbolic objects, gold and garnet jewellery, Byzantine silver, personal items, and objects associated with music and feasting. The design of the king 's helmet was of Swedish likeness, tying in the affiliation between the royal family of East Anglia and their Swedish ancestral roots. The layout of the items showed that the personal objects lay towards the center, along the keel line, surrounding the space the body would have occupied. There were no visible remains of a body, all organic parts were completely decomposed in the acidic soil. Experimentation showed traces of phosphates indicating that a body had originally been present. Cremated animal bone was also found within the grave, suggesting the Anglo-Saxon ritual of burning animals on the funerary pyre. I am a little skeptical of the decision that the burial belonged to Raedwald. I don’t doubt it was a person of importance, but I think archaeologists are sometimes a little too eager and make assumptions to fit their needs and jump to

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