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Flagship of Early England: Reconstructing the Sutton Hoo ship
Martin Carver, Professor Emeritus, University of York, Archaeology Department
In 1939, at Sutton Hoo in east Suffolk, landowner Mrs Edith Pretty and archaeologist Basil Brown found – by chance – the imprint of a spectacular 90ft long rowing ship.
In a chamber amidships were discovered a fabulous range of weapons, regalia, textiles, and personal effects of gold, silver and bronze. Many of these objects have been repaired or restored and are now viewable in the British Museum.
But the largest artefact of all, the ship, has never been reconstructed. Without this we will never know what it looked like, how it performed or why it was held in such high esteem.
To make this happen, the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company was formed. The goal is to examine the archaeological findings and build a full size reconstruction of the ship in all her glory.
Once the ship is built, an exploration of the major English rivers and shore lines familiar to the earliest English will begin, to learn how these waters served seventh-century people, and to encourage our own generations to give them new respect today.
The aim of this exciting project is to inspire enthusiasm in people from all walks of life to discover how early Europeans built and used their watercraft and interacted with the rivers and sea.
Professor Martin Carver, Chair of the Trustees of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, will explain the project and give us an update on progress. Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company
Image: Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company