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Sutton Hoo Excavations, 1965–7

  • R. L. S. Bruce-Mitford

The first aim of this new excavation was to complete the study of the largest of the mounds. It was not known what the original shape of the mound was, whether oval or circular, what its height had been before excavation, whether it was surrounded by a ditch, or what structural or ritual features it might possess. It was also an aim to obtain more information about the site in general by cutting away the grass and bracken and making a fresh and sensitive survey of the surface features. In the process the number of barrows recognizable rose from 11 to 16. It was also an aim to sound the flat ground between and near the barrows to see whether ordinary burials, whether cremation or inhumation, could be located, and to establish the nature of the Neolithic-Bronze Age occupation plentifully attested on the site by stray finds.

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All interested in this famous ship burial will know the original publication to which a whole number of ANTIQUITY was devoted (March 1940, 1–87). Three years ago Dr R. L. S. Bruce-Mitford resumed work on the site in preparation for the definitive publication. He has kindly provided us with the following short account of the aims and achievements of three years of excavation, including a detailed description of the making of a plaster-cast of the entire inside of the hull, with the object of making a fibre-glass replica of the ship.

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  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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