About Me and My Works

    After early experiences in archaeology and woodturning, I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first in English Literature in 1983 and went on to research into the Old English epic of Beowulf. Supervised by Professor Michael Lapidge at the Dept of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, & Celtic at the University of Cambridge, I was awarded my Ph.D. in 1991.  

    I published my first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993 and my second book, The Reckoning of King Rędwald, in 2003. 

    Since 1986 I have been working as a free lance tutor in Wuffing and Early Medieval Studies (Old English Literature, Language, History, & Archaeology), running courses in and around East Anglia. I have also conducted  guided site-tours to Sutton Hoo, Rendlesham, and sites throughout eastern England (for a list click here). More recently I have been contributing to many Radio and Television programmes, especially Time Team (see further below).

    In 2002 I was a co-founder of Wuffing Education, and we have been running study-days at Sutton Hoo ever since. For our current programme, go to the Wuffing Education section of this website at www.wuffingeducation.co.uk

    As well as that, since 2004 I've been touring far and wide as a lecturer for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts' Societies....

Here is a picture of me with Cambridge Antiquarian Society on Mound One at Sutton Hoo in May, 1999 (many thanks to Isabella Castle for the picture). 


Giving a lift to a pilgrim on my old BMW K75RT on the way to St Botolf's at Iken, July 2000 (thanks to Alan Lockwood for the picture). 

At the Opening of the National Trust's Visitors' Centre at Sutton Hoo, March 13th 2002, with Dr Tom Plunkett and Dr Graeme Lawson.


Just back from leading a tour of the barrows at the National Trust's Visitors' Centre at Sutton Hoo, Summer 2003 (thanks to Jane Newick for the picture). In the foreground is my wonderful work-horse BMW R1100RT


On site with Prof. Michael Alexander, April 2009, with my replica of the royal lyre of Sutton Hoo (Thanks to David Addy for the picture)


Astride the trusty Beemer during my 1000-mile tour of Scandinavia, Autumn 2011 (thanks to dear Maria of Archaeology by the Way, Gothenberg Museum, for the picture)


Standing in the former sacrificial bog in Finnestorp, Sweden, Autumn 2011 (thanks to Maria of Archaeology by the Way, Gothenberg Museum, for the picture)



My academic presentations include the following: the Oxford Sutton Hoo Research Conferences (1987, 1988); the Sutton Hoo Fiftieth Anniversary Conferences [Snape, Cornell, & York] (1989); King's College London Fontes Anglo-Saxonici (1993); Leeds International Medieval Congress (1994, 1997); Visiting Professorship, 3rd University of Rome (1996); Oxford Conference on the Anniversary of the Coming of St Augustine (1997); Sutton Hoo Society Conference (2002, 2009); NADFAS (from 2004); Gothenberg Museum Conference on North Sea Connections (2011).

Television and Radio

I have appeared in and/or contributed to the following programmes: 

AD1000 (Channel Four, 31st Dec. 1999; repeated on Discovery Channel) 

Ruins (BBC Radio 4, Nov.5th 2000)  

Anglia TV News feature on Sutton Hoo (April 19th 2001)  

The Village (BBC Radio 4, 29th Sept. 2001)  

Making History (BBC Radio 4, 30th Oct. 2001) 

Anglia TV News feature on St Edmund (20th Nov. 2001)  

Blood of the Vikings (BBC 2, 27th Nov. 2001; revised repeat 9th Dec. 2002; also repeated on Discovery Channel)

The Long Search (BBC Radio 4, 27th June 2002)

Making History (BBC Radio 4, 19th Nov. 2002) 

Monarchy (Channel 4, October 2004)

Time Team Special: The King of Bling (2005) - on the East Saxon royal burial at Prittlewell, Essex

The Anglo-Saxon Lyre (BBC Radio 4, 27th Sept. 2005)

Time Team: Eastry, Kent (2005)

Time Team: Islip, Oxfordshire (2006) 

Time Team: Hooke Court, Dorset  (2007) 

Time Team: Wicken, Northamptonshire (2007)

Tony Robinson's Series on the History of the Law  (2007)

Time Team: Knave Hill, Leicestershire (2008) 

Time Team: Portskewett, South Wales (2008)

Michael Wood on Beowulf (2009)

Time Team: Blythburgh, Suffolk (2009) 

Time Team: Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (2010) 

Digging for Britain with Dr Alice Roberts (2010) 

Time Team Special: The Real Vikings (2010) 

Time Team: West Langton, Leicestershire (2011) 

Time Team: Bamburgh, Northumberland (2011)

Time Team Compilation: The Way We Lived  (2011)

Time Team Compilation: Burials  (2012)

Time Team: Beadnell, Northumberland (2012)     - for a clip of my experimental attempt at playing a replica of the royal lyre from Sutton Hoo while reciting the Northumbrian version of Cędmon's Hymn, see http://www.timeteamdigital.com/2011-06-01-10-52-14/updates-day-3/270-tt-05-d3-dr-sam-newton-on-anglo-saxon-music-and-poetry.html    or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-nwqu76hQY

Time Team Special: Secrets of the Saxon Gold (2012) - on the Staffordshire Hoard.

Michael Wood at St Gregory's Rendlesham, 6th March 2009 (Sam Newton)

My Publications

(1) "The Seventh-Century Royal House of East Anglia: A Genealogy", Saxon, 10 (1989), pp.6-7.
(2) "Beowulf and the East Anglian Royal Pedigree", The Age of Sutton Hoo, ed. M.O.H.Carver (Boydell, Woodbridge, 1992), pp.65-74.
(3) The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer, Cambridge, 1993, 1994, 1999) - see my book-section for reviews.
(4) "The Sutton Hoo Society Trip to Northern Suffolk", Saxon, 19 (1993), pp.6-7.
(5) "Sutton Hoo and Beowulf", Saxon, 21 (1994), pp.1-3.
(6) "The Sutton Hoo Society Visit to East Anglia's South-Western Approaches", Saxon, 21 (1994), p.5.
(7) "Wes žu, Eadwin, hęl! (An Old English Salute to Edwin Gifford)", Saxon, 21 (1994), pp.4-5.
(8) "The Sutton Hoo Society Visit to Norfolk", Saxon, 23 (1995), pp.6-7.
(9) "The 1996 Sutton Hoo Society Visit to Thetford, Ely, and Bury St Edmunds", Saxon, 25 (1997), pp.5-6.
(10) "The Sutton Hoo Society Outing to Sutton Hoo and related sites in S.E.Suffolk", Saxon, 27 (1997), pp.6-7.
(11) "King Arthur: a military history (Review Article)" Newsletter of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, 48 (1999), p.12.
(12) "AD 999" (with Paul Sieveking), Fortean Times, 129 (Dec. 1999), pp.40-44.
(13) "An Autumn Excursion to the Kingdom of the East Saxons", Saxon, 31 (1999), pp.2-3.
(14) "In Defence of the Wuffings: A Review of Martin Carver's Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings?" Newsletter of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, 50 (2000), pp.10-11.
(15) The Reckoning of King Rędwald: the Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (Redbird 2003).

(16) "The Battle of Newmouth and the Lost Viking History of Sudbourne. with a postscript on the place-name Orford", Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, 42 (2011), pp.292-299.

Tours I have conducted tours (grouped by area):

East Suffolk

The Wuffing burial-mounds of Sutton Hoo

The Snape ship-burial site and Anglo-Saxon cemetery

The site of the hall of the Wuffing kings at Rendlesham

The lost site of St Felix's minster at Dommoc


My Enfield Bullet overlooking the site of the lost port of Goseford near Walton Castle near the likely lost site of St Felix's minster (author's photograph). 

St Botolf's minster at Iken

Burrow Hill, Butley

King Anna's Burial Place at Blythburgh

Framlingham Castle

Orford Castle


  • The East Anglian Kingdom's South-Western Approaches

  • The Fleam Dyke and the Devil's Dyke near Newmarket
    The likely site of the Battle of Assendun (1016)
    St Botolf's church at Hadstock
    The Bartlow Hills

  • The Waveney Valley

  • The site of St Fursey's minster at Cnobheresburh
    Bungay Castle
    The East Anglian episcopal minster site at South Elmham

  • Central Norfolk

  • The Roman walls of Venta Icenorum near Norwich
    St Wihtburh's Well at Dereham
    The East Anglian episcopal minster site at North Elmham

  • West Suffolk and the Fenlands

  • St Ęthelthryth's Shrine at Ely
    The Site of the Mildenhall Treasure Hoard
    The Site of the Thetford Treasure Hoard
    Anglo-Saxon Thetford 
    The Abbey of St Edmund at Bury

  • The Kingdom of the East Saxons

  • The Site of the Battle of Maldon (991)
    St Cedd's minster at Bradwell-on-Sea
    Cheshunt Field, Colchester (major late Iron Age and Roman site)



    I have run courses or given lectures at the following places:
    Abingdon, Aldeburgh, Little Baddow, Bassenthwaite, Bawdsey, Bedford, Beccles, Belstead, Blakeney, Boxford, Bramford, Broadway, Bromeswell, Burton [Cheshire], Bury St Edmund's, Cambridge, Cockermouth, Coddenham, Colchester, Debenham, Dillington, Diss, Dulwich, Dunmow, Dunwich, Ely, Farncombe, Felixstowe, Felsted, Finchingfield, Fleet, Flixton, Framlingham, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Hargrave, Henley, Hoddesden, Holton, Horncastle, Ipswich, Kelvedon, Kersey, Knuston, Lavenham, Laxfield, Leiston, London, Long Melford, Lowestoft, Martlesham, Mildenhall, Needham Market, Newmarket, Norwich, Orford, Peasenhall, Rickinghall, Rochford, Saxmundham, Sedgeford, Snape, Southwold, Stradbroke, Stoke-by-Nayland, Stowmarket, South Elmham, Southend, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton Hoo, Tenterton, Thurston, Totnes, Ufford, Urchfont, Walberswick, Wangford, Warwick, Westleton, Woburn, Woodbridge, & Woolpit, etc.


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