Ceremonial Mask of Sutton Hoo:  Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England is the site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, now held in the British Museum in London.  by Malcolm Bott

Ceremonial Mask of Sutton Hoo: Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England is the site of two and early cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts of outstanding art-historical a

The 7th century gold belt buckle found at Sutton Hoo ship burial, near Woodbridge, in the English county of Suffolk.

The century gold belt buckle found at the Sutton Hoo (Anglo-Saxon ship burial mound), near Woodbridge, in the English county of Suffolk.

Photographs which show the 1939 excavation of the Anglo Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo have emerged for the first time.

Unseen photographs of 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo discovered

The century Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, England, seen here in a recently discovered 1939 photo, was discovered and excavated during the time Tolkien was writing The Lord of the Rings. Something he surely would have been aware of.

Beowulf and THE GRINCH.  Every Scylding in Heorot liked mead a lot, But Grendel the beast, roaring outside did not. Grendel hated Scyldings, the whole Danish clan. Can I say why? I don't think I can. He spied on the Scyldi...

Grendel as Grinch

Sutton Hoo find, Anglo-Saxon slider. See how the tiny gridwork under the garnets pops out in the light!

A "slider" from the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon hoard. Studied carefully the attention to detail is quite amazing given how old this beautiful artifact is.

Sutton Hoo shield boss

Shield Boss -- Century -- Excavated from the Anglo-Saxon burial ship discovered at the English estate of Sutton Hoo in Photo courtesy of the British Museum.

Detail of sword hilt from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo. Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century AD. From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England

detail view of hilt w garnet inlay work. British Museum - Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo -Anglo-Saxon, early century AD From Mound Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England With gold and cloisonné garnet fittings

Sutton Hoo Purse..The base was made of bone or ivory overlain with seven decorative plaques worked in gold with cloisonne garnets and millefiori glass. The purse held gold coins and ingots

Sutton Hoo Purse -- Centuries -- Bone or ivory base w/ seven decorative plaques worked in gold w/ cloisonne garnets & millefiori glass. The purse held gold coins & ingots.

Sutton Hoo Sword

Sword from the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo ship-burial, dates to approximately AD Suffolk, England. This sword is one of the many artifacts discovered in the Sutton Hoo ship-burial, which is thought.

Helmet from Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. The hero Beowulf is never described in physical detail and remains fairly inscrutable. Since 1939, though, when the treasures buried at Sutton Hoo were unearthed, many people have been tempted to associate the poem with objects found at that site. This helmet, for some present-day readers, may be as close to the man “Beowulf” as one can get. (Copyright: Trustees of the British Museum, London)

Helmet from Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. Treasures buried at Sutton Hoo were unearthed (Copyright: Trustees of the British Museum, London)

Sutton Hoo Sword pyramids. They’re a set of small (18x12mm) pyramid fittings associated with the Sutton Hoo sword.  Garnet cloisonne in gold, about 600AD. Brian Meek shows how he digitalize the pyramids. “One advantage of doing a very accurate CAD model is that sometimes, even a digital reproduction can give insight into how the real ones were made. The Sutton Hoo pyramids are a miracle of cryptic stone setting, and they’re still holding fast to their secrets after 1400 years in the dirt.”

One of my ‘when I get time’ projects has been doing up a digital version of the sword pyramids from Sutton Hoo. They’re a set of small pyramid fittings associated with the Sutton Hoo sword. Garnet cloisonne in gold, […]

Anglo-Saxon shoulder clasp; late 6th-early 7th, Sutton Hoo, England  Half of a gold shoulder-clasp; the plain gold pin has an animal-head terminal in filigree. Central panel filled with millefiori glass and garnet cells is bordered on each side with designs of interlacing beasts, their bodies formed of inlaid garnets and their eyes of blue glass. Two interlinked garnet cloisonné boars compose the rounded end.  Medium: gold, glass, garnet; millefiori, inlaid, granulation, filigree, cloisonné

Sutton Hoo -- Anglo-Saxon Shoulder Clasp -- Late Centuries -- Gold, millefiori glass & garnet cells -- Belonging to the British Museum, London.

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