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Burial mounds at Sutton Hoo

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

On a small hill above the River Deben in Suffolk is a grassy field, covered with mounds of different sizes. For several hundred years nobody quite knew what lay beneath them. Then in 1938, an archaeologist called Basil Brown started digging under Mounds 2, 3 and 4. He found a few, mostly broken, Anglo-Saxon objects which had been buried alongside their owner's bodies - the sorry results of grave robberies in the past. With a little more hope he started on the biggest mound, Mound 1. He did not know that he would shortly uncover the most amazing set of Anglo-Saxon objects ever found.

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