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Sutton Hoo with Professor Martin Carver
November 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of York and director of the Sutton Hoo Research Project Professor Martin Carver joins us to talk about his work at Sutton Hoo. An Anglo-Saxon burial site of incredible importance, Sutton Hoo boasts an undisturbed ship burial and a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artefacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance.
Until the original excavation of Sutton Hoo, it was widely believed that the accounts of the “heroic” Anglo-Saxon way of life and the sumptuous feasting (described in Beowulf for example), were serious exaggerations. The wealth of find in the ship burial surprised many however, and put a great deal of flesh on the poetic descriptions of the time. Professor Carver’s work has gone beyond this, tracing the evolution of the site from a pagan royal burial ground to a burial ground used by later kings, to a site where the execution and burial of criminals may have taken place.
With an international reputation for his work at the site as well as at Portmahomak, a Pictish monastery in North Eastern Scotland, and his publications The Sutton Hoo Story: Encounters with Early England and Sutton Hoo, Burial Ground of Kings, we are delighted to welcome Professor Carver to Jarrow Hall.
Doors 11:30am for a 12pm start.
£1 in addition to general admission, complementary to Friends of the World of Bede members.
Friends’ membership will be available for purchase on the day of the event.