I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published October 7th 2012
Rare Anglo-Saxon Treasures
The British Museum houses many of the world's greatest treasures, such as the Rosetta Stone, and always offers new and exciting exhibitions. There are far too many displays to explore in a single weekend visit, but the Sutton Hoo Collection is one not to be missed.
Sutton Hoo refers to the site of an Anglo-Saxon (7th century) ship burial in Suffolk, which was first excavated in 1939. The site produced some of the rarest and most valuable objects ever discovered from the Anglo-Saxon time period. In fact, the famous Sutton Hoo warrior helmet on display is one of only four early helmets that have been unearthed in England.
Original Sutton Hoo helmet
Other objects on display include chain mail, weapons, instruments, coins, cutlery, and other everyday items. Visit the Sutton Hoo Society for more history and background about the burial site.
The British Museum is one of only a few places in the world where you can experience significant discoveries from the Anglo-Saxon era.