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The Treasury of Sutton Hoo

Paul Mortimer at Sutton Hoo, 2007 (Sam Newton)

with Steve Pollington & Paul Mortimer

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 16th May 2009

An exploration of the famous ship-burial barrow, its contents and symbolism.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Sutton Hoo in Context
The background to the Sutton Hoo excavation; Anglo-Saxon barrow studies up to 1939; Snape and the East Anglian context.
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Tomb-Raider
Discussion of some of the objects from the chamber in the light of the modern reproductions.
12.40 – 14.00: Lunch break
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 Helm-Bearers
Discussion of the symbolism and iconography of the Sutton Hoo helmet in the context of contemporary Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Continental Germanic examples.
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Chamber of Secrets
The barrow in the context of Anglo-Saxon society on the brink of Christian conversion; further research: literature, archaeology, toponymy.
  16:15 Close  

About The Speakers

About Steve Pollington:

Steve Pollington has been active in the field of Old English studies for over twenty years. Aside from authoring a dozen books on various aspects of early English culture and language, he has recorded CDs, worked as a script advisor for television, appeared on television and radio, and contributed to the prestigious Oxford Companion to Military History.

About Paul Mortimer:

Paul Mortimer is an Assistant Head Teacher teaching history at a large comprehensive school. He has had a life-long interest in history, particularly things Anglo-Saxon and military. He has just completed a book on warfare in northern Europe during the sixth and seventh centuries, which is due to be published later this year

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Carver, M.O.H. (ed.) The Age of Sutton Hoo: The Seventh Century in North-Western Europe (Boydell 1992)
Evans, A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993)
Newton, S., The Reckoning of King Rædwald. The Story of the King Linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial (Red Bird 2003)
Pollington, S., The English Warrior: From Earliest Times to 1066 (Anglo-Saxon Books 1996)
Pollington, S., Anglo-Saxon Burial Mounds (Anglo-Saxon Books 2008)
Wood, M., In Search of the Dark Ages (BBC 1981)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
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Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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