Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings?

Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings?

by Martin Carver
     
 
The Sutton Hoo ship-burial is one of the most significant archaeological finds ever made in Europe. It lies in a site that contains all the elements of archaeological mystery and romance: burial mounds, buried treasure, great works of art, sacrificed horses, and evidence of human execution. In the first accessible account of the whole story to date, Martin Carver

Overview

The Sutton Hoo ship-burial is one of the most significant archaeological finds ever made in Europe. It lies in a site that contains all the elements of archaeological mystery and romance: burial mounds, buried treasure, great works of art, sacrificed horses, and evidence of human execution. In the first accessible account of the whole story to date, Martin Carver explains what we know of the Sutton Hoo burial ground, in which the leaders of the medieval kingdom of East Anglia signaled their belief in a pagan and maritime kingdom independent of the Christian Europe of the day.

Since the rediscovery of the first ship-burial in 1939, the site has been the subject of three major campaigns of excavation and research, the last of which ended in 1993. In Sutton Hoo, Martin Carver, director of the most recent excavation, tells the story not only of one of the most dramatic historic places in early England but of the fifty years of its exploration--a history of British archaeology.

Martin Carver is Professor of Archaeology at the University of York and was director of excavations at Sutton Hoo from 1983 to 1997. He is currently directing a new archaeological project in pursuit of the Dark Age kingdom of the northern Picts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812234558
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.84(d)

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