The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

Early Medieval Art from Northern Europe

What is the Sutton Hoo ship?

The Sutton Hoo ship is an Anglo-Saxon burial ship, discovered off the coast of England in 1939. The ship likely belonged to King Raedwald who died in 625, and was purposefully sunk as a funerary memorial to an important person. No body was ever found aboard the Sutton Hoo ship, however, so it is possible the ship served as a monument to someone who was buried in another location. The ship was over ninety feet long and filled with early medieval treasure, such as gold coins, armor, and jewel-encrusted accessories. The objects found with the Sutton Hoo ship represent some of the most valuable examples of medieval Anglo-Saxon art.


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