Sutton Hoo: the Other Barrows and Burials.
with Dr Sam Newton, (Independent Scholar)
at Sutton Hoo, Saturday, 21st November, 2015.

mound 3

A look at what we can ascertain about the other barrows and burials at Sutton Hoo and in the surrounding landscape, which form the most immediate context for our understanding of the great ship-burial. Starting with Basil Brown’s excavations in 1938, we shall look at other burials and assess their significance.

Provisional Programme

09.50 – 10.15:                Coffee on arrival

10.15 – 11.15:                Sutton Hoo 1938 – the famous Basil Brown’s excavations and the finds from Mounds 3, 4, & 2.

11.15 – 11.40:                Coffee break

11.40 – 12.40:                Sutton Hoo 1986-1991 – Mound 2 revisited; the Mound 5 controversy and the possible execution burials; Mounds 6 & 7.

12.40 – 14.00:                Lunch break

14.00 – 14.50:                 Sutton Hoo 1986-1991 –Mounds 14, 17 (the well-preserved horse and rider), & 18.

14.50 – 15.10:               Tea break

15.10 – 16.00:                Future Excavations at Sutton Hoo? – the ‘unexcavated’ Mounds 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 15; the burials under the National Trust Visitors’ Centre.

c.16.00:                            Thanks and Close

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald (2003). He has lectured widely as an independent scholar and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, especially Time Team. He is a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education

Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading

Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974).

Bruce-Mitford, R., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial, 3 vols (London 1975, ‘78, ‘82).

Carver, M.O.H. (ed.), The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe (Woodbridge 1992).

Carver, M.O.H., Sutton Hoo, Burial Ground of Kings? (London 1998) – see my review at

Carver, M.O.H. et al., Sutton Hoo – A Seventh-Century Princely Burial Ground and Its Context, Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London No.69 (British Museum 2005).

Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986).

Grainger, G. & M.Henig, “A Bone Casket and Relief Plaque from Mound 3 at Sutton Hoo”, Medieval Archaeology 27 (1983), pp.136-141.

Green, C., Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-Burial (Merlin 1963, 1968, 1988).

Hoggett, R., The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion. (Woodbridge 2010).

Plunkett, S.J., Sutton Hoo (National Trust 2002).

Pollington, S., The Mead-Hall. The feasting tradition in Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Books 2003).

Pollington, S., Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds (Anglo-Saxon Books 2008).

Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980).

Webster, L. & J.Backhouse (eds.), The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (London 1991).