Sutton Hoo (ca. 625)

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This was an Anglo-Saxon ship burial along the River Deben in Suffolk, England. The ship was used as a coffin, and also held silver, gold, and ivory objects. The hull survived only as an impression in the sandy soil; no wood has survived but some iron corrosions remain. The impressions were eventually destroyed by the search for additional artifacts beneath the hull, but not before a plaster cast was made of the hull impressions. A fiberglass replica of that cast was made in 1968. Cast and replica are both stored in the British Museum. The Sutton Hoo vessel is believed to have been rowed by 40 oarsmen and probably also carried a single square sail.1


1. Richard Steffy, INA Shipdata Project, Texas A&M University.

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