The Arrival of the Saxons

The Arrival of the Saxons

Whatever the season, the burial mounds retain a special atmosphere © Joe Cornish

Whatever the season, the burial mounds retain a special atmosphere

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

Saxons and Sutton Hoo

Hidden Hoo reveals a new chapter at Sutton Hoo

Hidden Hoo reveals a new chapter at Sutton Hoo

Saxons brought with them new cultures and traits, one of these being the pagan tradition of burials with grave goods. Sutton Hoo, with a prime location facing the river Deben, was used as a cemetery by the Saxons. It is thought that wealthy Saxons would bury their loved ones with treasures ready for the next life. Settlements grew along the land in correlation with the cemetery and became an area of busy trading.

Where did they come from?

Evidence for the Anglo Saxon migration from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands to England is visible from the early 5th century up to the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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