Sutton Hoo scoops top spot

SUTTON Hoo's Anglo-Saxon boat burial scooped top-spot in a public vote of the British Museum's artefacts.Two other Suffolk discoveries, the Hoxne Hoard and the Mildenhall Treasure also made it into the list of the top ten.

SUTTON Hoo's Anglo-Saxon boat burial scooped top-spot in a public vote of the British Museum's artefacts.

Two other Suffolk discoveries, the Hoxne Hoard and the Mildenhall Treasure also made it into the list of the top ten.

The burial of the Anglo-Saxon king's boat and wealth at Sutton Hoo was chosen as the favourite treasure in an on-line poll together with its hoard of gold and silver coins, cups and weapons, excavated in 1939.

The museum compiled the list of its top ten artefacts for a BBC programme. And despite the museum itself choosing the Vindolanda Tablets, a set of 1st century AD Roman document written on slivers of wood that were found at Hadrian's Wall as its favourite, the public disagreed.


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Kate Sussams, property manager at Sutton Hoo, said: "We are all really thrilled and extremely happy to have been voted top by the public.

"I think the Anglo-Saxon boat won top spot because there is such a human story behind the find.

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"It is about a man being buried with things that were precious to him in his lifetime, and I think everyone can identify with that.

"People tend to think the Anglo-Saxon's were backward, but they weren't, they were extremely cultured and sophisticated people and their artefacts are extremely beautiful.

Also making the viewers top ten, at number five was the Mildenhall Treasure, consisting of engraved roman silver tableware, and at number eight, the Hoxne Hoard, of late Roman jewellery, gold and silver coins and tableware.

The poll was limited to artefacts discovered in Britain.

The 5million exhibition centre on the outskirts of Woodbridge, which plays home to the ancient treasures, is one of the most famous archaeological discoveries ever made of a pagan king's burial ground. It is believed to be the ship of King Raedwald.

Included in the treasures is a seventh century sword with a gold and garnet handle, a beautifully gilded shield decorated with a dragon and eagle and other gold silver and bronze ornaments.

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