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Chronicle | Sutton Hoo

Excavations at Sutton Hoo cast new light on Anglo-Saxon culture.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 16 August 1989

DURATION | 48 minutes 21 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1989

Synopsis

A new excavation project explores Saxon mounds in Suffolk to find out more about this part of 7th-Century England. As well as revealing some of the latest discoveries, this edition shows how more modern excavations are conducted, supported by film footage of Basil Brown's original dig at Sutton Hoo in the 1930s. As the project uncovers more about royal ship burial, an attempt at experimental archaeology has surprising consequences.

Did you know?

Basil Brown appeared in a number of programmes about Sutton Hoo on the BBC in the 1960s. He was a self-taught astronomer and archaeologist employed in farming work and other odd jobs before gaining a contract as an excavator with the Ipswich Museum in 1935. Brown's work at Sutton Hoo was at the behest of Edith Pretty, who wanted an excavator to explore the mounds on her estate. In the summers of 1938 and 1939, Brown carried out digs at Sutton Hoo, uncovering a large Anglo-Saxon burial ship and paving the way for other discoveries.

Contributors

Narrator, Writer
Princess Marie Louise
Contributor
Basil Brown
Contributor
Angela Evans
Contributor
Crumlin Pederson
Contributor
Cathy Royal
Contributor
Producer
Programme Editor

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