Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300 to 1100 opens at the British Museum. Part of the museum’s spectacular early medieval collection, it’s now 75 years since the remarkable discovery of the historic treasures.
The Sutton Hoo ship burial was one of the most important finds in British archaeology. Found just before the Second World War, the grave was discovered inside a 27 metre long ship. It is thought to have commemorated an Anglo Saxon king who died in the early AD 600s.
Possibly the richest intact burial to survive in Europe, it is now the centrepiece of this exhibition that tells the story of a formative period in Europe’s history. Bordering the end of the Western Roman Empire and the evolution of the Byzantine Empire, it saw the emergence of Christianity and Islam as major religions.
Documenting a period that was any but a dark age, this new display features items that have never been on public display before.