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Wuffing Education

Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard

One of the gold cloisonné sword-hilt collars from the Staffordshire Hoard (NLM449) (

with Dr Angela Care Evans and Dr Noël Adams

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 20th March 2010

Following recent discoveries, many people will be asking, is Sutton Hoo still unique? From the starting point of the Mound One ship-burial, these lectures will look at the Prittlewell burial from Essex and the recent hoard of more than 1,500 Anglo-Saxon objects found in Staffordshire. How have they impacted our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England in this period?

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Introduction to Sutton Hoo, Prittlewell, & the Staffordshire hoard (Dr Angela Care Evans) A review of Sutton Hoo Mound 1 and Prittlewell for those who are already familiar with these burials and a brief introduction for newcomers to the subject. Progress report on the objects from the Staffordshire hoard, the distribution of types and some early theories.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Garnet cloisonné at Sutton Hoo (Dr Noël Adams) Garnet sources, the techniques of manufacturing cloisonné and different styles of cellwork will be reviewed. How does the Sutton Hoo garnet cloisonné fit into the continental and now the Anglo-Saxon picture?  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 What can Sutton Hoo Mound 1 and the Staffordshire hoard tell us? (Dr Noël Adams) The fundamental differences between a hoard and burial are obvious, but this lecture considers some of the implications of the high status objects (such as the purse lid and shoulder clasps) present at Sutton Hoo and not in the Staffordshire hoard, which has its own unique object types.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The picture emerging from Treasure finds (Dr Angela Care Evans) Dr Evans will look at not only what is known of the Staffordshire hoard so far (many objects are still being cleaned) but also other recent metal detector finds, particularly of sword mounts (pommels, pyramids, etc.) on which she has been working.  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Angela Care Evans and Dr Noël Adams

Dr Angela Care Evans, retired curator of early Anglo-Saxon antiquities at the British Museum, excavated at Sutton Hoo, was a contributing author and editor of the British Museum monographs on Mound 1. She is working on the publication of the finds from the Bromeswell cemetery (the most recent excavations on the National Trust site) and completing her catalogue of Anglo-Saxon sword fittings.

Dr Noël Adams, a specialist in garnet cloisonné, is Adjunct Curator at the J. Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, where she is preparing a catalogue of the Thaw collection of Early Medieval antiquities. She publishes regularly in the field and has recently co-edited the papers from a symposium on Byzantine Jewellery held at the British Museum in 2008.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Backhouse, J. The Lindisfarne Gospels (Oxford 1981)
Brown, M.P., & C.A.Farr, Mercia, an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in Europe (Leicester 2001)
Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Coatsworth, E., & M. Pinder, The Art of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmith – Fine Metalwork in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Practice and Practitioners (Boydell 2002)
Evans, A., The Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial (British Museum 1986)
Heaney, Seamus (tr.) Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, ed. J.Niles (Norton 2007)
Leahy, K., & R.Bland, The Staffordshire Hoard (British Museum 2009)
Speake, G., Anglo-Saxon Animal Art (Oxford 1980)
Webster, L., & J.Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)
Youngs, S., The Work of Angels: Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th Centuries (British Museum 1989)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

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

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