Top attraction in title bid

SUTTON Hoo has been nominated to compete for the title of Britain's Finest Treasure in a television series poll that starts today.The archaeological site will battle it out against nine other nominees, including Suffolk's own Hoxne Hoard, the Crown Jewels, the Magna Carta and the Doomsday Book for the channel Five series Britain's Finest.

SUTTON Hoo has been nominated to compete for the title of Britain's Finest Treasure in a television series poll that starts today.

The archaeological site will battle it out against nine other nominees, including Suffolk's own Hoxne Hoard, the Crown Jewels, the Magna Carta and the Doomsday Book for the channel Five series Britain's Finest.

Voting starts today and runs for two weeks and the results will be shown on the television series that will be broadcast during the summer.

Archaeologist Carenza Lewis, presenter of Time Team, was on the jury that picked out Sutton Hoo for the shortlist.

She said: "Sutton Hoo is just an amazing collection of objects. They are virtually the crown jewels of the Anglo-Saxon period.

"The artefacts found in this burial of a Saxon King are not only beautiful but are some of the best sources we have to study of the Saxons."

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Other categories for the series are natural wonders, actors and actresses. Last year's series picked out Stonehenge as Britain's Finest Anchient Monument, Warwick as Britian's Finest Castle, Chatsworth as Britain's Finest Stately Home and Royal Botanical Gardens as Britain's Finest Garden.

Viewers can vote via Five or by logging on to the Radio Times website at www.radiotimes.com/britainsfinest.

To vote for Sutton Hoo call 09013 838501/vote 01. Calls cost 25p from a BT landline.

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