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Stepping into the past at Sutton Hoo

Published 7:11 PM ET, Fri June 24, 2022
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Visitors to Sutton Hoo, in the county of Suffolk in eastern England, are greeted by a sculpture of the ship that served as a burial vessel for a seventh century warrior king. Phil Morley/National Trust Images
The sun sets over the famous burial mounds, shrouded by mist, at Sutton Hoo. Justin Minns/National Trust Images
This replica depicts a helmet found within a burial chamber on the ship. Phil Morley/National Trust Images
Alec Newland, a volunteer with The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company charity, is seen working on the stern at a workshop in nearby Woodbridge. The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company
This pair of gold and garnet sword pyramid fittings were the first items of gold discovered during the 1939 Sutton Hoo excavations. The sword pyramids likely attached a leather strap that secured a sword in a scabbard to a belt and kept the sword in its sheath. Robin Pattinson/National Trust Images
Half of a shoulder clasp found at Sutton Hoo was made with glass and garnet cloisonné and features intricate animal art like that seen in the Staffordshire Hoard. Robin Pattinson/National Trust Images
Researchers continue to study Sutton Hoo, like this geophysics survey that took place in the fall of 2021. A viewing tower that helps visitors see the mounds is visible in the background. James Dobson/National Trust Images
Volunteer Simon Lamb chisels the bow underlout for the new Sutton Hoo ship. The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company