History

Rainbow over Mound 2 at Sutton Hoo © Sutton Hoo NT

Rainbow over Mound 2 at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo… Home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. With views over the River Deben, Sutton Hoo holds mysteries and secrets dating back thousands of years. The site is of primary importance and sheds light on England’s Anglo Saxon history that lies between myths and legends.

The early history of the landscape

Not only is Sutton Hoo rich in Anglo Saxon history, but there is also archaeological evidence dating the site back as far as the Neolithic period.

The arrival of the Saxons

The ancient burial mounds represent the wealth and power of the Anglo Saxons presence in East Angles (East Anglia) between AD 410 to roughly AD 800.

1400’s – 1600’s records and robbers

Basil Brown was not the first to discover the hidden mysteries of the mounds.

Excavations at Sutton Hoo

The summer of 1938 saw the first in a long series of excavations to be undertaken at Sutton Hoo with the assistance of Basil Brown

Tranmer House and Mrs Pretty

Formerly known as Sutton House, due to the land it is built upon, the house was not known as Tranmer until it was kindly donated to The National Trust.

Under the care of the National Trust

In 1998 Sutton Hoo was given to the National Trust and was opened to the public in 2002.

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